Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiiformes
(Gobies) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Bathygobius: Greek, bathys = deep + Latin, gobius = gudgeon (Ref. 45335); geminatus: Name is derived from the past participle of the Latin verb 'geminare', meaning paired, doubled, or repeated, referring to the diagnostic pattern of vertically paired spots that are repeated 6-7 times laterally along the body of this species.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic. Tropical
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Western Atlantic: USA (Florida) and Puerto Rico.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 85559)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8. This species is distinguished by the following characters: 17-18 pectoral rays; 36-38 (modally 37) lateral scale rows; upper jaw length 10.3-10.7% SL; anterior extent of predorsal squamation reaching anteriorly to vertical through posterior margin of preopercle, with a few scales sometimes extending slightly beyond this point; with 2-3 dark blotches on each element of first dorsal fin giving appearance of 2-3 longitudinal stripes across fin; lower body with 2 rows of dark spots, spots in 2 rows directly above one another, beginning immediately behind pectoral fin base and terminating just anterior to dark blotch at base of caudal fin; upper and lower spots more distinctly separate from one another anteriorly, becoming closer to one another and loosely connected posteriorly; arrangement of spots appearing as 6 to 7 sets of vertically paired spots often forming '=' shaped markings along ventral portion of trunk (Ref. 85559).
Specimens collected in Florida were along the rocky and sandy shorelines with seagrass in a sheltered bay, taken along with B. soporator. A single specimen was collected in Puerto Rico on a sheltered rock and pebble shoreline near the mouth of an irrigation canal, along with B. soporator, B. lacertus and a single specimen of B. antilliensis. GenBank accession number for Col sequence of holotype: HM748368 (Ref. 85559).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Tornabene, L., C. Baldwin, L.A. Weigt and F. Pezold, 2010. Exploring the diversity of western Atlantic Bathygobius (Teleostei: Gobiidae) with cytochrome c oxidase-I, with descriptions of two new species. aqua, Int. J. Ichthyol. 16(4):141-170. (Ref. 85559)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
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Estimates based on models
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
): 3.3 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .