Evermannichthys metzelaari Hubbs, 1923
Sponge goby
photo by Van Tassell, J.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  3 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine
Distribution:  Western Central Atlantic: Florida and the Bahamas to CuraƧao.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9-9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 27-27; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 11-11. Distinguished by having the following characteristics: thin and elongate in form; reduced scale cover and head pores; depth of body about 2 mm (Ref. 92840).
Biology:  Obligate sponge dwellers. Live deep within canals of the sponges, near the openings to the incurrent canals. Sponges provide species with protection from predators and an available food source in many invertebrates. Eggs found within sponge or small plankton brought through incurrent pores (Ref. 92840).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 24 March 2011 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 17.07.13
Checked by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 21.02.96

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