The Gobiidae is just one of several families of fish in the larger Gobiiformes order. It is one of the largest fish families comprising more than 2,000 species in more than 200 genera. The family is split into 2 subfamilies and of these, Gobiinae species (sometimes known as “true gobies”) are of most interest to aquarists. It is the most widespread and most diverse of the subfamilies formerly recognised under the Gobiidae, containing around 2000 species and 150 genera. Most of them are relatively small, typically less than 10cm in length. Generally, they are benthic, or bottom-dwellers. Although few are important as food for humans, they are of great significance as prey species for commercially important fish such as cod, haddock, sea bass, and flatfish. Phylogenetic relationships of gobiids have been studied using molecular data. Click or touch a thumbnails title text to view genus level information.

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