Goby Gossip

Recent News and Publications on gobioid fishes

(updated 14 January 2017. For additions please email Luke.Tornabene@gmail.com)

Updates as of January 14, 2017

Verliin et al 2017. Invasion of round goby to the temperate salmonid streams

in the Baltic Sea. Ichthyol Res (2017) 64:155–158. DOI 10.1007/s10228-016-0537-4

Koyama et al 2017. Symbiotic partner specificity and dependency of two gobies

(Apocryptodon punctatus and Acentrogobius sp. A) and four alpheid shrimps inhabiting the temperate estuary of southern Japan. Ichthyol Res (2017) 64:131–138.

DOI 10.1007/s10228-016-0535-6

Konstantinidis et al 2017. Rediscovery of oxudercine type specimens (Teleostei: Gobiidae) assumed destroyed during World War II. Ichthyol Res (2017) 64:123–130.

DOI 10.1007/s10228-016-0532-9

Batuwita, Sudesh; Udugampala, Sampath; Edirisinghe, Udeni 2016. First record of Butis gymnopomus (Eleotridae) in Sri Lankan waters. Cybium 40(3):252-254  

Wager, Robert N.E. 2016. First successful rearing of Empire Gudgeon (Hypseleotris compressa) larvae in aquaria. Fishes of Sahul  30(3):1021-1024

Zamroni, Yuliadi; Soewardi, Kadarwan; Suryobroto, Bambang; et al. 2016. Short Communication: Conservation of mangrove gobies in Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia.

Biodiversitas 17(2):553-557  

Schrandt, Meagan N.; Stone, Laura C.; Klimek, Brian; et al. 2016. A laboratory study of potential effects of the invasive round goby on nearshore fauna of the Baltic Sea. Aquatic Invasions 11(3):327-335


Howard, Steve R.; Booth, Michael T. 2016. Range expansion of the Shimofuri goby (Tridentiger bifasciatus) in southern California, with emphasis on the Santa Clara River.

California Fish and Game 102(2):45-49

Byrkjedal, Ingvar; Wienerroither, Rupert; Jensen, Gjertrud 2016. Lebetus scorpioides and Buenia jeffreysii (Teleostei: Gobiidae) found north of the Arctic Circle. Fauna Norvegica 36:47-50  

Updates as of January 1, 2017

Prokofiev, A.M. 2016. Gobies (Gobioidei) of Soft Bottoms from Nha Trang and Van Phong Bays (South China Sea, Vietnam).[Note: Including a description of a new species of Navigobius] Journal of Ichthyology. 56(6):799–817. DOI: 10.1134/S0032945216060096

Updates as of Dec 23.2016

Greenfield, D.W. & Winterbottom, R. (2016) A key to the dwarfgoby species (Teleostei: Gobiidae:Eviota) described between 1871 and 2016. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation, 24, 35–90. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.219620 

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. (2016) Lubricogobius tunicatus, a new species of goby (Pisces: Gobiidae) from Papua New Guinea and the first record of L. ornatus from the East Indies. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation, 24, 24–34.

doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.184846 

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. (2016) Descriptions of two new gobies (Gobiidae: Amblygobius) from the tropical western Pacific Ocean. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation, 24, 10–23.

doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.167891 

Greenfield, D.W. & Suzuki, T. (2016) Eviota bilunula, a new dwarfgoby species from Fiji, with a redescription of Eviota flebilis (Teleostei:Gobiidae). Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation, 24, 1–9.

doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.166759 

Recent papers updated Dec 15, 2016

Gorlacheva, E.P.; Gorlachev, V.P. 2015. [New findings of the Chinese sleeper Perccottus glenii (Odontobutidae) in reservoirs of Trans-Baikal territory.] Voprosy Ikhtiologii 55(2):233-235

Qiu, Fan; Li, Hai; Lin, Hungdu; et al. 2016. Phylogeography of the inshore fish, Bostrychus sinensis, along the Pacific coastline of China. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 96:112-117  

Galvan-Quesada, Sesangari; Doadrio, Ignacio; Alda, Fernando; et al. 2016.

Molecular Phylogeny and Biogeography of the Amphidromous Fish Genus Dormitator Gill 1861 (Teleostei: Eleotridae). PLoS ONE 11(4): e0153538.

Guimaraes-Costa, Auryceia; Vallinoto, Marcelo; Giarrizzo, Tommaso; et al. 2016. Molecular evidence of two new species of Eleotris (Gobiiformes: Eleotridae) in the western Atlantic. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 98:52-56

Riolo, Francesca; Betti, Federico 2015. First record of Europe's smallest marine fish Lebetus guilleti (Gobiidae) in the Italian seas. Marine Biodiversity Records 8:e12

Engin, Semih; Akdemir, Tolga; Keskin, Arif Can 2015. FIRST RECORD OF LEBETUS GUILLETI (ACTINOPTERYGII: PERCIFORMES: GOBIIDAE) FROM THE SEA OF MARMARA. Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria 45(1):85-87

Allen, Gerald R. 2015. Four new species of Trimma (Pisces: Gobiidae) from Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 14:28-48  

Allen, Gerald R. 2015. Descriptions of two new gobies (Gobiidae: Acentrogobius) from Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 14:1-13  

Alavi-Yeganeh, Mohammad Sadegh; Deyrestani, Abdollah; Murdy, Edward O. 2015 First record of the burrowing goby, Trypauchen vagina (Actinopterygii: Gobiidae), from the Iranian coast of the Persian Gulf. Turkish Journal of Zoology  Volume: 39   Issue: 4   Pages: 717-720   Published: 2015

Rothman, Shevy B.S.; Goren, Menachem 2015. First record of the Red Sea shrimp-goby Cryptocentrus caeruleopunctatus in the Mediterranean Sea. Marine Biodiversity Records 8: e157

Allen, Gerald R. 2015. Lubricogobius nanus, a new species of goby (Pisces: Gobiidae) from eastern Papua New Guinea. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 17:1-11  

Matsutani, Katsuhiko; Hirashima, Kentarou 2016. Record of Valenciennea longipinnis (LAY et BENNETT) (Pisces, Gobioidei,) from Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. Nanki Seibutu 57(1):55-56

Doi, Toshio; Yasui, Yukio; Oosumi, Mitsuo; et al. 2015. The first record of Rhinogobius fluviatilis (Gobiidae) from Kobe City. Nanki Seibutu 57(1):43-45   Published: Jun 2015

Hoese, Douglass F.; Allen, Gerald R. 2015. Descriptions of three new species of Glossogobius (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from New Guinea. Zootaxa 3986(2):201-216   Published: Jul 16 2015

Kumar, Ajith T.T.; Prakash, S.; Rao, R. Vishwas; et al. 2015. First record of two species of goby fish, Cryptocentrus cyanotaenia Bleeker and Istigobius diadema Steindachner (Perciformes: Gobiidae) in Indian waters. Indian Journal of Geo-Marine Sciences 44(8):1252-1256   Published: Aug 2015

Prakash, S.; Kumar, T.T. Ajith; Rao, R. Vishwas; et al. 2015. First record of two species of goby fish, Cryptocentrus cyanotaenia Bleeker and Istigobius diadema Steindachner (Perciformes: Gobiidae) in Indian waters. Indian Journal of Geo-Marine Sciences 44(6):905-909

Burkett, Erin M.; Jude, David J. 2015. Long-term impacts of invasive round goby Neogobius melanostomus on fish community diversity and diets in the St. Clair River, Michigan. Journal of Great Lakes Research 41(3):862-872   Published: Sep 2015

Pinault, Mathieu; Fricke, Ronald; Wickel, Julien; et al. 2015. First record of the chocolate shrimp-goby (Gobiidae: Cryptocentrus malindiensis) from Reunion Island with a brief description of its natural habitat. Cybium  39(3):237-239   Published: Sep 30 2015

Prokof'yev, A.M. 2015. K poznaniyu bychkovyh podsemeystva AMBLYOPINAE (gobiidae) zapadnoi chasti Yuzhno-Kitayskogo morya (Vyetnam, Indoneziya) i tikhookeanskih vod Filippin. AN OVERVIEW OF GOBIES OF THE SUBFAMILY AMBLYOPINAE (GOBIIDAE) FROM THE WESTERN SOUTH CHINA SEA (VIETNAM AND INDONESIA) AND PACIFIC WATERS OF THE PHILIPPINES. Voprosy Ikhtiologii  55(6):655-663   Published: Nov 2015

Maeda, Ken; Hau Duc Tran; Tan, Heok Hui. 2015. Discovery of a substantial continental population of the subfamily Sicydiinae (Gobioidei: Gobiidae) from Vietnam: Taxonomic revision of the genus Stiphodon from the western South China Sea. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 63:246-258.

Keith, Philippe; Lord, Clara; Busson, Frederic; et al. 2015. A new species of Sicyopterus (Gobiidae) from Indonesia. Cybium 39(4): 243-248.

Zhang, Jie; Takita, Toru; Muchtar, Agusnimar; et al. 2016. Mitochondrial genome of Boleophthalmus sp nov (Osteichthyes: Gobiidae).Mitochondrial DNA  27(5):3381-3382  

Allen, Gerald R.; Erdmann, Mark V.; Cahyani, N.K. Dita. 2016. Sueviota bryozophila, a new species of coral-reef goby from Indonesia (Teleostei: Gobiidae). Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 20:76-82.

Hoese, Douglass F.; Shibukawa, Kochi; Johnson, Jeffrey W. 2016. Description of a new species of Tomiyamichthys from Australia with a discussion of the generic name. Zootaxa  4079(5): 582-594.

Suzuki, Toshiyuki; Shibukawa, Koichi; Senou, Hiroshi; et al. 2016. Redescription of Rhinogobius similis Gill 1859 (Gobiidae: Gobionellinae), the type species of the genus Rhinogobius Gill 1859, with designation of the neotype. Ichthyological Research  63(2):227-238

Jawad et al 2016. Day’s Goby, Acentrogobius dayi Koumans, 1941 (Pisces: Gobiidae) in the Southern Marshes, Thiqar, Southwest Baghdad, Iraq. International Journal of Marine Science. Vol.6, No.52, 1-5. http://ijms.biopublisher.ca

Recent papers updated Dec 12, 2016

Akihito, et al. 2016. Speciation of two gobioid species, Pterogobius elapoides and Pterogobius zonoleucus revealed by multi-locus nuclear and mitochondrial DNA analyses. Gene 576: 593–602. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gene.2015.10.014

KOVAČIĆ, M., ORDINES, F. & SCHLIEWEN, U.K. 2016. A new species of Speleogobius (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from the Western Mediterraenean Sea. Zootaxa 4066 (3): 301–310. http://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4066.3.6

Harada, S. 2016. Life history evolution in Gyinnogobius fishes. Aquabiology (Tokyo)  Volume: 38   Issue: 4   Pages: 356-362  

Iida, M. 2016. Ecology of Sicyopterus japonicus. Aquabiology (Tokyo) Vol. 38:4 370-378.

Winterbottom, R. Trimma tevegae and T. caudomaculatum revisited and redescribed (Acanthopterygii, Gobiidae), with descriptions of three new similar species from the western Pacific. Zootaxa 4144(1):1-53.

Schneider, O. 2016.Eine neue Klettergrundel aus dem sudwestlichen Indonesien.

[A new goby from southwest Indonesia.] Amazonas 66:14-15.

Ghanbarifardi, M. et al. 2016. Molecular phylogeny of three mudskippers (Gobiidae) from the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman (Makran). Journal of Applied Ichthyology 32(3):416-420.

Liu, Z. et al 2016 Identification of Odontamblyopus lacepedii via morphology and DNA barcoding. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology. Vol 66:281-285.

Keith, P. et al. 2016. A new species of Lentipes (Gobiidae) from the Solomon Islands. Cybium. 40(2):139-146.

Kovacic, M. et al. 2016. A new species of Coryogalops (Perciformes: Gobiidae) and the first adult record of Feia nympha from the Red Sea. Zootaxa 4097(3):341-352.

Prokofiev, A.M. 2016. Novyy vid Amblyeleotris (Gobiidae) iz zaliva fant'et (yuzhno-kitayskoye more, v'etnam). New Species Amblyeleotris (Gobiidae) from Phan Thiet Bay (South China Sea, Vietnam). Voprosy Ikhtiologii 56(3):368-370. Translation in Journal of Ichthyology, 2016, 56(3):467–469. DOI: 10.1134/S0032945216030152

Prokofiev, A.M. 2016. PSAMMOGOBIUS VIET SP. N. (PERCIFORMES: GOBIIDAE) - njvyi vid bychkov iz zaliva Nachang Yuzhno-Kitaiskogo morya. Psammogobius viet sp n. (Perciformes: Gobiidae), a new species of gobies from Nha Trang Bay, South China Sea. Biologiya Morya (Vladivostok) 42(2):156-158.

Greenfield, D. W. & Randall, J.E. 2016.A review of the dwarfgobies of Fiji, including descriptions of five new species (Teleostei: Gobiidae: Eviota). Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation. 20:25-75.

Allen, G.R. et al 2016.Sueviota bryozophila, a new species of coral-reef goby from Indonesia (Teleostei: Gobiidae). Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 20:76-82.

Suzuki, T. et al 2016. Valenciennea yanoi, a new gobiid fish from the Ryukyu Islands, Japan (Teleostei: Gobiidae). Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 21:1-9.

Greenfield, D.W. & JEwett, S.L. 2016.Eviota melanosphena, a new dwarfgoby from Australia (Teleostei: Gobiidae). Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 21:71-77.

Walsh, S.J. & Chakrabarty, P. 2016. A New Genus and Species of Blind Sleeper (Teleostei: Eleotridae) from Oaxaca, Mexico: First Obligate Cave Gobiiform in the Western Hemisphere. Copeia 104(2):506-517.


Galvan-Quesada, s. ET AL. 2016. Molecular Phylogeny and Biogeography of the Amphidromous Fish Genus Dormitator Gill 1861 (Teleostei: Eleotridae). PLoS ONE 11(4):E0153538.

Vanderpham, j.p. ET AL. 2016. Habitat-related specialization of lateral-line system morphology in a habitat-generalist and a habitat-specialist New Zealand eleotrid. Journal of Fish Biology 88(4):1631-1641.

Huang et al (2016) The recognition and molecular phylogeny of Mugilogobius mertoni complex (Teleostei: Gobiidae), with the description of a new cryptic species of M. flavomaculatus from Taiwan

Kovacic and Sandra (2016) A new species of Gobius (Perciformes: Gobiidae) ffrom the Mediterranean Sea and the rediscription of Gobius bucchichi

Vukic et al (2016) Rediscovery of Knipowitschia goerneri and its molecular relationships with other European northern Mediterranean Knipowitschia species

Vasil'eva et al (2016) Cryptic species of Ponto-Caspian bighead goby of the genus Ponticola (Gobiidae)

Boseto et al. (2016) Population genetic structure of the goby Stiphodon rutilaureus (Gobiidae) in the New Georgia Group, Solomon Islands.

Articles added to website Dec 2016

Polgar, G. 2016. First record and conservation value of Periophthalmus malaccensis Eggert from Borneo, with ecological notes on other mudskippers (Teleostei: Gobiidae) in Brunei. Scientia Bruneiana Special Issue. 48-57

Yamasaki et al. Phylogeny, hybridization, and life history evolution of Rhinogobius gobies in Japan, inferred from multiple nuclear gene sequences.


Schwarzhans et al. Otoliths in situ from Sarmatian (Middle Miocene) fishes of the Paratethys. Part III: tales from the cradle of the Ponto-Caspian gobies


Mennesson et al. Eleotris bosetoi (Teleostei: Gobioidei: Eleotridae), a New Species of Freshwater Fish from the Solomon Islands


Tornabene et al. Varicus lacerta, a new species of goby (Teleostei, Gobiidae, Gobiosomatini, Nes subgroup) from a mesophotic reef in the Southern Caribbean. Zookeys 596: 143-256.


Tornabene et al. Molecular phylogeny, analysis of character evolution, and submersible collections enable a new classification for a diverse group of gobies (Teleostei: Gobiidae: Nes subgroup), including nine new species and four new genera. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 177: 794-812. DOI: 10.1111/zoj.12394

Tornabene, L., Valdez, S., Erdmann, M., and Pezold, F. (2016). Multi-locus sequence data reveal a new species of coral reef goby (Teleostei: Gobiidae: Eviota), and evidence of Pliocene vicariance across the Coral Triangle. Journal of Fish Biology. 10.1111/jfb.12947

Jaafar, Zeehan, and Lynne R. Parenti. 2016. Systematics of the mudskipper genus Oxuderces Eydoux & Souleyet 1848 (Teleostei: Gobiidae: Oxudercinae) with resurrection from synonymy of O. nexipinnis (Cantor 1849). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society


Almeida, Daniel Fernando, et al. 2016. Elacatinus figaro Sazima, Moura & Rosa, 1997 (Gobiiformes: Gobiidae): Distribution extension of a Brazilian endangered endemic reef fish with comments on south-western Atlantic Ocean biogeography.  Marine Biodiversity Records 9.1 (2016): 59.


Schemmel, E., & Cole, K. (2016). Gonad morphology of Susan's dwarfgoby Eviota susanae. Journal of fish biology.


Bannikov, A. F., & Carnevale, G. (2016). Carlomonnius quasigobius gen. et sp. nov.: the first gobioid fish from the Eocene of Monte Bolca, Italy. Bulletin of Geosciences, 91(1).


Blom, E. L., Mück, I., Heubel, K., & Svensson, O. (2016). Acoustic and visual courtship traits in two sympatric marine Gobiidae species–Pomatoschistus microps and Pomatoschistus minutus. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 99(12), 999-1007.

Articles added to website Nov 2016

Vasil’eva, E.D. & Vasil’ev, V.P. 2016. Morphological Variability, Chromosome Polymorphism, and Problems of Identifying Individual Species of Gobies of the Group Ponticola (Gobiidae) and Assessing Taxonomic Relations of Local Populations. Journal of Ichthyology, 2016, Vol. 56, No. 5, pp. 644–655. DOI:10.1134/S0032945216050143  

Prokofiev, A.M. 2016. New Deepwater Species of the Genus Gobiopsis (Gobiidae) from the Tropical Western Pacific. Journal of Ichthyology, 2016, Vol. 56, No. 5, pp. 783–786. DOI:10.1134/S0032945216050106  

Prokofiev, A.M. 2008. A New Species of Platygobiopsis from Vietnam (Teleostei: Perciformes: Gobiidae). Journal of Ichthyology, 2008, Vol. 48, No. 10, pp. 853–859. DOI:


DELVENTHAL, N.R., MOOI, R.D., BOGORODSKY, S.V. & MAL, A.O. 2016 A review of the Callogobius (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from the Red Sea with the description of a new species. Zootaxa 4179 (2): 225–243. http://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4179.2.3 

Viviani, J., Williams, J.T. & Planes, S. 2016. Two new pygmygobies (Percomorpha: Gobiidae: Trimma) from French Polynesia. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation, 23, 1–11. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.159615 

Jaafar, Z., Polgar, G. & Zamroni, Y. 2016. Description of a new species of Periophthalmus (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from the Lesser Sunda Islands. RAFFLES BULLETIN OF ZOOLOGY 64: 278–283. http://zoobank.org/urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:048868C8-8F1B-4202-9991-F8FA0E2B5CE4 

Hoese, D.F., Hadiaty, R.K. & Herder, F. 2015. Review of the dwarf Glossogobius lacking head pores from the Malili lakes, Sulawesi, with a discussion of the definition of the genus. RAFFLES BULLETIN OF ZOOLOGY 63: 14–26. http://zoobank.org/urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:E422CA35-0EE4-4B2F-9A19-08C71286813B 

ALLEN, G.R. et al. 2015. Navigobius vittatus, a new species of dartfish

(Gobiidae: Ptereleotrinae) from Brunei Darussalam. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation. Vol. 17:12-21. http://www.oceansciencefoundation.org/josf.html 

Hoese,D.F., BOGORODSKY, S.F., & MAL,A.O. 2015. Description of a new species of Trimma (Perciformes: Gobiidae) from the Red Sea, with a discussion of the generic separation of Trimma and Priolepis, with discussion of sensory papillae terminology. Zootaxa 4027 (4): 538–550. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4027.4.4 

HAMMER, M.P., HOESE, D.F., & BERTOZZI, T. 2015. A new species of Near-shore Marine Goby (Pisces: Gobiidae: Nesogobius) from Kangaroo Island, Australia. Zootaxa 4057 (3): 371–384. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4057.3.4 


Swift CC, Spies B, Ellingson RA, Jacobs DK (2016) A New Species of the Bay Goby Genus Eucyclogobius, Endemic to Southern California: Evolution, Conservation, and Decline. PLoS ONE 11(7): e0158543. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0158543

SERGEY V. BOGORODSKY, TOSHIYUKI SUZUKI & AHMAD O. MAL. 2016. Description of a new species of Priolepis (Perciformes: Gobiidae) from the Red Sea, a new record of Priolepis compita, and a distributional range extension of Trimma fishelsoni. Zootaxa 4150 (2): 168–184 http://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4150.2.5 

Ahnelt, H. (2016). A second record of Knipowitschia byblisia Ahnelt, 2011 (Teleostei: Perciformes: Gobiidae) from southwestern Anatolia, Turkey. Journal of Threatened Taxa 8(9): 9195–9197; http://dx.doi.org/10.11609/jott.2055.8.9.9195-9197 

Added to website Oct 2015 - below

Ken Maeda and colleagues help clarify the taxonomy of Stiphodon and describe a new species from the Philippines. See the two papers below:



A new mesophotic reef goby from the genus Coryphopterus, discovered by using a manned submersible!  Paper by Baldwin and Robertson:


A phylogenetic perspective on the evolution of life history in Rhinogobius from Japan.  An interesting read from Yamasaki et al. (2015).


The diverse yet poorly known goby genus Oxyurichthys gets a taxonomic revision, courtesy of Frank Pezold and Helen Larson.  See the paper in Zootaxa here:


New shrimpgobies and a new species of Acentrogobius discovered from one of the most diverse regions in the world, the Coral Triangle.  See the papers by Allen, and Allen et al. below:



Suzuki, Greenfield and Motomura describe more dwarfgobies from Japan, adding to our understanding of reef-fish diversity from the Ryukyu Islands.


The goby genus Trimma continues its reign as the most diverse genus of reef fish in the world.  Several new species and a nice review of the members from Australia, courtesy of Winterbottom & Hoese, Winterbottom & Erdmann, and Suzuki et al. Check out the three papers below.




What kind of sounds do gobies produce, and how are they related to phylogenetic history?  The Malavasi lab publishes another nice paper on goby acoustics, and addresses these questions.  Check out the article by Horvatic et al. (2015)


A fresh look at the Brazilian species of Gobiosoma, including a new species, a phylogeny of the genus, and a nice key to the Atlantic members of the genus.


Gobioid fishes now have a new sister group on the tree of life.  No longer are gobies’ closest cousins apogonids, but instead a new hypothesis suggests Trachonotus is the closest living relative to gobioids.  Check out the study by Christine Thacker and colleagues.


Hoese et al. clarify the taxonomy of the diverse genus Glossogobius from Sulawesi.  Note* the genus Stupidogobius (yes, that is a real name) is sadly no longer valid!


A worldwide look at the biogeography of gobies, including a nice dated phylogeny of the group, from goby phylogeny expert Christine Thacker.


The Caribbean continues to be a hotbed for new reef goby diversity.  Ben Victor describes more gobies from the Cayman Islands, including a few gorgeous Elacatinus.


Phil Hastings and Lloyd Findley contribute a description of a new species of Chriolepis from the Atlantic, found at mesophotic depths along the continental shelf.


The first complete genomes of gobies (4 species!) are published in Nature Communications.  A fantastic paper by Xinxin et al. (2014) reveal evidence for genomic adaptations to life on land.  Click the link below for open access to the paper.


A new analysis of the Boleophthalmus pectinirostris complex of mudskippers from the Northwest Pacific coast reveals cryptic species.  Read the English translation of the paper by Hui et al.  (2014) at the link below.

doi:10.7541/2014.10 http://ssswxb.ihb.ac.cn/EN/10.7541/2014.10 

A new species of Mugilogobius is described from Sulawesi by Larson and colleagues. They also present new COI barcode data for a number of Mugilogobius species, as well as other related gobiids.


Endemic species of dwarfgobies (Eviota) demonstrate that recent speciation has occurred at small scales within the Coral Triangle.  Check out the paper by Tornabene and colleagues from the Fish Systematics and Conservation Lab at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution:


A study shows details on how gobies rapidly change color to avoid predation. Below is the writeup at livescience, which also contains a link to the original article in PLOS ONE.


Interesting research on spatial learning and memory in intertidal gobies.  See the paper by White and Brown (2014) below:


Kovačić et al. (2014) describe two new species of gobiids from the Red Sea  See the paper in Zootaxa:





Kirill Vinnikov from University of Hawaii describes his research on amphidromous gobies.  Check out his write-up and Youtube video at the links below.  http://youtu.be/bOlf1jrZq0M


Dave Greenfield and several colleagues continue to unravel dwarfgoby diversity, describing several new species of Eviota this year from around the world.  Check them out below:





Indonesia and Papua New Guinea:








Red Sea:


Rick Winterbottom and colleagues (2014) publsihing several papers describing new species of Trimma from Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.  Many more to come!  See the papers in Zootaxa:




Naomi Delventhal and Randall Mooi publish several contributions that continue to help clarify the taxonomy of Callogobius.  See the papers in Zootaxa and Copiea:



An interesting new paper describing larval biology of Gobiosoma bosc in Florida by Miller et al. (2014) in Estuaries and Coasts:


Gianluca Polgar and colleagues (2014) produces another great paper on mudskippers, this time on the phylogeography of Periophthalmus argentilineatus and P. kalolo.  Get the paper at Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution:


A new article on the population genetics of amphidromus gobies (Stiphodon) by Ryan Chabarria and members of the Fish Systematics and Conservation lab at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.  Check out paper in Copeia:


Goby larvae in Brazil, and the use of size-classes to categorize species guilds -- a paper by Gomes et al (2014) in Journal of Fish Biology:


Ardestrani et al. (2014) study population genetics of Glossogobius species in the Philippines.  See their paper in Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems:


Where exactly are amphidromous gobies hanging out in the Reunion Islands? A study by Teichert et al. (2014) studies microhabitat use in Sicyopterus and Cotylopus. See their paper in Environmental Biology of Fishes:


Shukla et al. (2014) describe two new species of mudskippers from India.  See the paper in the European Journal of Zoological Research:


Ken Maeda publishes a new species of Stiphodon from Japan, the latest addition in his lab’s work with riffle goby taxonomy.  See the paper in Ichthyological Research:


Van Tassell and Kramer contribute to our knowledge of ichthyofauna of the Canary Islands, describing a new species of Didogobius.  See their paper in Zootaxa:


Keith et al. (2014) continue their exploration of sicydiine gobies, describing three new Lentipes from the Indo-Malay Archipelago.  See the paper in Cybium:


A new and interesting study by Christine Thacker compares rates of diversification and evolution of body size in gobies and cardinalfishes. Read the paper at the link below: