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Species: Microgobius carri, Seminole Goby

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wide between eyes
nape no crest
body: 3 yellow stripes
lower jaw: 4-5 canines
lower C yellow
preoperculum 2 pores
lateral scales 60-62
scales mostly rough

Microgobius carri Fowler, 1945

Seminole Goby

Head and body compressed; no crest on nape in either sex; wide between eyes; 2 pores on preopercle, no pore between front of eyes; mouth large, ~30 degrees from horizontal, upper jaw slightly larger in males than in females; tip of tongue divided; no teeth on front of roof of mouth; lower jaw with 4-5 large canines in outer row; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VII, spines II-V produced as filaments in both sexes, fifth longest, reaching half-way down the soft dorsal-fin, + I, 15 (14-17) rays; length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 15-18 rays; pectoral fin 21 (20-24), very long, 28.9% SL; pelvic fins I, 5, fused to form disc; tail fin long, oval (<40% SL); scales small, mostly rough; body scaled from rear forward to tip of depressed pectoral fin, head scaleless; lateral scale rows 60-62; no lateral line.

Males & Females: body pale with wide orange-yellow, blue edged lateral stripe along midline and two narrow paler yellow stripes separated by a blue stripe above; body along anal-fin base yellowish with small dark spot of pigment at base of each anal ray; head pale below, and yellowish on snout and between eyes; an elongate iridescent blue line at top-posterior corner of the eye, another below eye extending to opercular margin; cheek and opercle each with a small spot of iridescent blue; pectoral-fin base with bluish coat; pectoral-fins pale; pelvic-fins dusky with yellowish cast; spinous dorsal-fin with two orange-yellowish stripes; soft dorsal-fin with three orange-yellowish stripes; anal-fin pale; tail-fin yellow on bottom, pale yellow on top, with median orange-yellow stripe which is continuous with similar stripe on body.

Reaches 7.5 cm.

Habitat: burrows in sandy bottoms, often associated with coral reefs.

Depth: 5-21 m.

North Carolina to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continental primarily
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 7.5
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 21