This site is currently in development with information added on a regular basis. Last update 14 Nov 2016

Welcome to Goby Net

A brief explanation of what we offer is below.

Gobioid fishes are one of the largest and most diverse groups of bony fishes. They are unique among vertebrates in their rapid diversification and adaptation, specializing in niche and microhabitat exploitation. They form a significant component in coral reef and tropical/subtropical coastal communities. Indeed, gobies have recently been demonstrated to account for over 50% of energy flow within coral reef systems (in part due to their short life spans and rapid generational turnover), so are a key part of any coral reef ecosystem.

Goby Net will provide information on gobioid taxa for use in identification, distribution and conservation and is the home of the IUCN Goby RLA Species Specialist group.

NOTE: The species listed on this site are derived from the list of valid species maintained by Doug Hoese and Helen Larson. The GobyNet and Hoese/Larson databases were compared in December 2015 and changes made. This is an ongoing process in its first phase. I will post information on updates as they occur. (JVT)

What can you find on the site?

Species Gallery:

  1. Drop down tabs which generate lists of genera by family or subfamily
  2. Auto-complete boxes for genera and species
  3. Genus page
  1. Characters that define the genus and general distribution
  2. Photo gallery of species in the genus (click on picture to enter gallery)
  3. List of species in the genus, author and distribution with a link to the species page
  1. Species page
  1. Diagnose the species
  2. Distribution – currently known locations, updated as new information is available
  3. General Morphology with sections for details where available
  4. Habitat, Depth and Conservation issues
  5. Link to the current IUCN Red List status
  6. References with link to complete cite

Resources - pdf documents available for download

  1. Methods section
  1. clearing and staining; preserving; collecting – methods and obtaining permits; skeletal prep; suppliers of clove oil, quinate, etc; etc
  1. Resources section
  1. Lists of valid species - by Ed Murdy
  2. Museums with searchable databases
  1. Keys to genera and species

Aquarium section - Underdevelopment


  1. A searchable database with articles on systematics, conservation, biology and distributions


  1. A searchable database of terms used in Environment, External anatomy, Internal anatomy, Life history and Osteology


  1. List of all individuals that have contributed information to the site.