4 Fun Facts you didn’t know about Gobies!
One does not have to dive 80 metres to observe gobies. Sometimes, even a snorkelling excursion into a seagrass area shallow enough to stand will allow you to see many of these small fishes at all depths in-between. These small fishes live a peculiar life that is interesting to many, so here are 4 fun facts you probably did not know about gobies!
1. Goby species schindleria brevipinguis (stout infantfish) takes the crown of being the smallest fish and smallest vertebrate in the animal kingdom!
The adults of the stout infantfish species measures only a minuscule 6.5 millimetres. For comparison, that’s smaller than the size of an American dime!
This is so-called a pedomorphic fish, stuck in an early stage of development akin to the juvenile forms of related fish. Several bones in the head of the schindleria never fully develop, and the fish generally looks like a larva even when it is mature enough to reproduce.
2. Coral-whisperer gobies?
3. Shrimp and Gobies unite!
4. Gobies are able to scale up waterfalls 10,000x their body length!
Do these facts about gobies impress you? Want to learn more about the curious lives of these tiny fishes that are capable of incredible feats in their struggle to survive in the cruel animal kingdom? Do check out the Asian Geographic e-Shop at https://shop.asiangeo.com/product/the-lives-of-gobies/ to get a copy of The Lives of Gobies By Dr Klaus M. Stiefel! The book will tell you all you need to know about these special and fascinating fishes.
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