Bridled Goby is a marine fish species found in the Western Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, ranging from North Carolina to Brazil.
It lives on reefs at depths of 6.6 to 147.6 feet, mainly in areas with white sand. This fish is sometimes sold in the aquarium trade.
Bridled Goby likes clear white sandy areas near deep reefs, as well as grassy and rocky spots. It creates burrows in the sand where males guard their eggs.
This fish has unique X-shaped marks and spots and is found in both clear waters and murkier coastal waters.
A very similar species called Sand Goby (Coryphopterus tortugae) also lives over white sand areas.
Bridled Gobies are safe for reef aquariums.
Bridled Goby Interesting Facts
- Bridled Gobies live in the Western Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, thriving in tropical waters near coral reefs.
- These fish grow up to 3.1 inches (8.0 centimeters) long and are safe for reef aquariums, making them popular in the aquarium trade.
- Their appearance varies depending on their environment, with clearer water leading to paler colors and faint yellow spots.
- They spawn at the bottom of the water, with both males and females participating in laying eggs within small territories.
Bridled Goby Habitat
Bridled Goby is found in the western Atlantic Ocean, from North Carolina and Bermuda to Santa Catarina in Brazil. It’s also present throughout the Caribbean Sea.
This marine fish lives near coral reefs at depths of 2 to 45 meters (about 6 to 148 feet). It thrives in tropical waters, specifically between latitudes of 37°N to 33°S.
Bridled Goby Physical Characteristics
Size: 3.1 inches (8.0 centimeters)
Bridled Goby grows up to 3.1 inches (8.0 centimeters) long. It has 6 dorsal spines, 10 dorsal soft rays, 1 anal spine, 10 anal soft rays, and 26 vertebrae.
A distinct feature of this fish is the black spot above its gill cover on the side of its head.
Depending on where Bridled Gobies live, their appearance may vary.
In clear water with white sand bottoms, these fish are pale with faint yellow spots along their sides and an orange streak from their eye to above their pectoral fin. They also have dusky spots at the base of their dorsal fins.
In darker environments with more turbid water, they have darker colors and two rows of dark spots along their sides as well as one row running down the middle of their back.
Their fins appear dusky in these conditions too.
Bridled Goby Reproduction
Bridled Gobies are oviparous. They lay eggs to reproduce. These fish spawn at the bottom of the water (demersal spawner). Both males and females take part in spawning.
They lay their eggs in small, neighboring territories with many other fish species.