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.

Shrimp Gobies

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)

Pyjama Goby; Amblygobius nocturnus

What attractive pyjamas this Nocturnal Goby is wearing!

Banded Goby; Amblygobius phalaena

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

Pygmy Gobies; Eviota species

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

Signalfin Goby; Fusigobius signipinnis

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

Decorated Goby; Istigobius decoratus

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...

Ornate Goby; Istigobius ornatus

Correct identification not guaranteed!

Pearl Goby, Istigobius spence

Previously misidentified as a decorated goby - so confusing !

Sandslope Goby; Psammogobius pisinnus

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

Striped Goby; Valenciennea muralis

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.

Sixspot Goby; Valenciennea sexguttata

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

Other Gobies

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