Gobies; Gobiidae

The Gobies are our largest family of fish – mainly bottom dwelling and feeding on small crustaceans and the like. You will meet them on most of the dive sites in the Koh Phangan and Koh Tao area.

These fish live in symbiosis with alpheid shrimps. The shrimp maintains the hole and the goby keeps watch. Including the genera Amblyeleotris, Amblygobius, Cryptocentrus, Ctenogobiops and Mahidolia. (9 Galleries)

And what attractive pyjamas this Goby is wearing!

A commonly encountered Goby, usually busy swimming about on the edge of reef.

These are really, really, small fish. We are giving up on correct identification for now!

Also known as the Flasher Goby from its distinctively marked front dorsal fin, which it can wave up and down.

This goby prefers to live on the sand. When it feels threatened it is more likely to stay still, hoping to blend in with the substrate...

Correct identification not guaranteed!

Previously misidentified as a decorated goby - so confusing !

Not a spectacular fish really; sedate, bottom dwelling and drab coloured!

Has 2 to 3 blue-edged red horizontal stripes on the head that extend faintly along the body, plus red basal stripes on the dorsal and anal fins, and a dark tip on the first dorsal fin.

Six+ light blue spots on the face seem to be the distinguishing characteristic of this sand dwelling Goby.

We are sure that there are many more members of the Goby family waiting to be correctly identified.

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