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The Biology of Gobies

1st Edition

Edited by Robert Patzner, James L. Van Tassell, Marcelo Kovacic, B. G. Kapoor

CRC Press

702 pages | 19 Color Illus. | 112 B/W Illus.

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Among all vertebrates, gobies are second in diversity only to the teleost family Cyprinidae. The Gobiidae consists of more than 200 genera and nearly 2,000 species and make up the largest family of marine fishes. Gobies account for as much as 50% of the energy flow in coral reef communities. Their small size, ability to adapt to numerous ecological niches and to be bred in aquaria has led to numerous studies both in the field and laboratory. Gobies are found from above the high tide line to depths of over 1,100 m. Some species are found only within caves, others deep inside sponges, and some others climb waterfalls to return to their native streams. They vary reproductively from gonochoric to hermaphrodite, monogamy to polygyny and promiscuity, some have short life spans and reproduce only once while others have longer life spans reproducing one or more times per year.

The Biology of Gobies written by over 30 experts from 15 countries summarizes what is known about the systematics, ecology, zoogeography, and general biology of the Gobiiformes. This foundation will provide the basic information necessary for future studies.

Table of Contents


A History of Gobioid Morphological Systematics: James L. Van Tassell, Luke Tornabene and Michael S. Taylor

Molecular Systematics of Gobioid Fishes: Lukas Rüber and Ainhoa Agorreta

Systematics of Rhyacichthyidae: Helen K. Larson

Systematics of Odontobutidae: Akihisa lwata

Systematics of Butidaeand Eleotridae: Christine Thacker

Systematics of Gobionellidae: Frank Pezold

Systematics of Oxudercinae: Edward Murdy

Systematics of Amblyopinae: Edward Murdy

Systematics of Sicydiinae: Philippe Keith and Clara Lord

Systematics of Gobiidae: Christine Thackekr


Gobiidae of the Americas: James L. Van Tassell

North-eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Gobies: Marcelo Kovacic and Robert A. Patzner

Diversity and Distribution of Marine, Euryhaline and Amphidromous Gobies fromWestern, Central and SouthernAfrica: Ulrich K. Schliewen

The Marine Temperate Gobioids of Southern Australia and the New Zealand Region: Helen K. Larson

Tropical Freshwater Gobies: Amphidromy as a Life Cycle: Philippe Keith and Clara Lord

Diversity and Distribution of Freshwater Gobies from the Mediterranean, the Black and Caspian Seas: Jörg Freyhof


Gobies as Predator and Prey: C. Dieter Zander

Morphological Adaptations to Special Environments of Gobies: C. Dieter Zander

Morphological Organization and Variability of the Reproductive Apparatus in Gobies: Carlotta Mazzoldi Robert A. Patzner and Maria B. Rasotto

Early Development of Gobies: Rita Borges; Cláudia Faria; Fátima Gil and Emanuel J. Gonçalves


Planktonic and Paedomorphic Gobioids: Mario La Mesa

Gobies on Coral Reefs: Juergen Herler Philip L. Munday and Vanessa Hernaman

Gobies as Cleaners: Isabelle M. Côté and Marta C. Soares

The Partnership between Gobiid Fishes and Burrowing Alpheid Shrimps: Ilan Karplus and Andrew Richard Thompson

Mudskippers: Front Runners in the Modern Invasion of Land: Atsushi Ishimatsu and Tomas T. Gonzales

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Marine Biology