Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiiformes
(Gobies) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Microgobius: Greek, mikros = small + Latin, gobius = gudgeon (Ref. 45335). More on authors: Longley & Hildebrand.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 36 m (Ref. 92840). Subtropical; - 16°N
Western Atlantic: southern Florida, USA and the Bahamas to Yucatan, Mexico and Belize.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 92840)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Distinguished by the following characteristics: general body color is light grey-brown, typically have areas of very bright iridescent blue and/or yellow; body is laterally compressed; large, nearly vertical mouth; completely scaled body; first dorsal with VII spines; ventral fins are united (Ref. 92840).
Inhabits shallow water on soft calcareous bottoms. Found usually near burrow, but occasionally seen swimming in small schools.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Robins, C.R. and G.C. Ray, 1986. A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U.S.A. 354 p. (Ref. 7251)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 26.2 - 28, mean 27 °C (based on 289 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00575 (0.00261 - 0.01268), b=3.09 (2.91 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (23 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 93.3 [43.3, 211.2] mg/100g ; Iron = 1.11 [0.58, 2.23] mg/100g ; Protein = 18.7 [16.8, 20.5] % ; Omega3 = 0.161 [0.076, 0.338] g/100g ; Selenium = 13.4 [5.7, 30.5] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 66.9 [16.5, 251.4] μg/100g ; Zinc = 1.51 [0.86, 2.70] mg/100g (wet weight);