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Odontamblyopus lacepedii
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Gobiiformes
Family: Oxudercidae
Subfamily: Amblyopinae
Günther, 1861

Amblyopinae is a subfamily of elongated mud-dwelling gobies commonly called eel gobies or worm gobies; it has been regarded as a subfamily of the family Gobiidae, while the 5th edition Fishes of the World classifies it as a subfamily of the family Oxudercidae.[1] The members in the subfamily have two dorsal fins that are connected by a membranous structure and their eyes are highly reduced in size. They are usually pink, red, or purple in coloration.[2]


Currently, 15 genera in this subfamily are recognized:


  1. ^ Nelson, JS; Grande, TC & Wilson, MVH (2016). Classification of fishes from Fishes of the World 5th Edition. Wiley. p. 330. ISBN 9781119220824.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2017). "Gobiidae" in FishBase. June 2017 version.
  3. ^ a b Prokofiev, A.M. (2015): An Overview of Gobies of the Subfamily Amblyopinae (Gobiidae) from the Western South China Sea (Vietnam and Indonesia) and Pacific Waters of the Philippines. Journal of Ichthyology, 55 (6): 783–791.