Africa to the
Indo-Pacific. The sleeper gobies differ from the true
gobies in that their pelvic fins are not fused to form a sucker.
Otherwise, they are similar to the true gobies in most respects. Many
members can get very big.
Pelvic fins of
Pelvic fins of Gobiidae
Euryhaline; 50 cm; oviparous;
carnivorous (large specimens are predators of small fish); solitary; benthic.
Indigenous, common. Forested and rural streams, ponds, canals and reservoirs.
Goby or Soon
This large, grouper-like fish is reputedly the largest goby in the world.
It is sluggish and prefers to spend most of, its time half-buried at the
bottom, with eyes sticking out, to ambush prey.
Several decades ago,
it was not known from inland fresh waters but occurred naturally only in
brackish water habitats.
is a much sought-after table fish, commonly found in the menu of many
Chinese restaurants. The Marbled Goby is probably an introduced fish
in inland fresh waters here.
The Soon Hock is regularly
sold in many wet markets
Fishes in Singapore
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