Gobiosoma bosc
Lacepéde 1800
Family Gobiidae

Lateral view of a naked goby
This naked goby was collected in Walton County, Florida in 2014. It is now part of the Florida Museum ichthyology collection, UF 187997. Florida Museum photo by Zachary Randall

The naked goby is a member of the goby family. This species has an elongate and stout body with between nine and eleven evenly spaced dark bars that extend to the dorsal fins. The body is yellow-green, and the head and body are unscaled. The mouth is terminal and slightly upturned, and the pelvic fins are united. The naked goby is a marine species that enters rivers, creeks, lakes and canals. This species is usually found over sandy and rocky substrates.

Status & distribution

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