Lophogobius cyprinoides
(Pallas 1770)
Family Gobiidae

Lateral view of a crested goby
This crested goby was collected in Lee County, Florida in 2015. It is now part of the Florida Museum ichthyology collection, UF 238079. Florida Museum photo by Zachary Randall

The crested goby is a member of the goby family. It can have a brown, dark gray or black body, and is the only goby in Florida with a fleshy crest on its head. The pelvic fins are united and the caudal fin is rounded. Breeding males are darker than females with prominent orange blotches on the rear of the first dorsal fin. The crested goby is a marine species that enters bays, inlets, tidal creeks and rivers, canals, sloughs and ponds. This species can often be found in densely vegetated areas.

Status & distribution

  • Status — Marine invader
  • Florida Distribution — Western and North Central drainages, South Florida and the Atlantic Coast
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