Evorthodus lyricus
(Girard 1858)
Family Gobiidae

Lateral view of a lyre goby
This lyre goby was collected in Palm Beach County, Florida in 2015. It is now part of the Florida Museum ichthyology collection, UF 237938. Florida Museum photo by Zachary Randall

The lyre goby is a member of the goby family. It has a tan to brown body, and the lower side is lighter-colored. This species has a blunt snout and a distinctly subterminal mouth. There is a series of dark blotches present along the lateral midline, and there is significant dark mottling on the side with many thin, iridescent bars. There are two bold, black and squarish blotches – one over the other – separated by a cream-colored area on the caudal fin base. The dorsal fins are spotted and pelvic fins are united. The lyre goby is a marine species that inhabits muddy fresh, brackish and salt water coastal environments. It can also be found in still water, including inlets and bays, tide pools, drainage ditches and creeks.

Status & distribution

  • Status — Marine invader
  • Florida Distribution — South Florida and the Atlantic Coast

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