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Okinawa goby (G. okinawae)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Gobiiformes
Family: Gobiidae
Genus: Gobiodon
Bleeker, 1856
Type species
Gobiodon heterospilos
Bleeker, 1856
  • Ellerya Castelnau, 1873
  • Pseudogobiodon Bleeker, 1874

Gobiodon is a genus of gobies also known as coral gobies or "clown gobies" (which can also mean the related genus Microgobius). Generally, coral gobies, unlike the rest of the family Gobiidae, are not burrowers, but instead prefer to inhabit the branches of certain Acropora or similar hard corals.

As a group, they have a general fusiform shape and are small, most ranging about 6 cm, though there are exceptions.


There are currently 25 recognized species in this genus:[1][2][3][4]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). Species of Gobiodon in FishBase. June 2013 version.
  2. ^ a b Suzuki, T., Yano, K. & Senou, H. (2012): Gobiodon winterbottomi, a New Goby (Actinopterygii: Perciformes: Gobiidae) from Iriomote-jima Island, the Ryukyu Islands, Japan. Bulletin of the National Museum of Natural Science, Ser. A., Supplement No. 6: 59–65.
  3. ^ a b c d e Herler, J., Bogorodsky, S.V. & Suzuki, T. (2013): Four new species of coral gobies (Teleostei: Gobiidae: Gobiodon), with comments on their relationships within the genus. Zootaxa, 3709 (4): 301–329.
  4. ^ a b Shibukawa, K., Suzuki, T. & Aizawa, M. (2013): Gobiodon aoyagii, a New Coral Goby (Actinopterygii, Gobiidae, Gobiinae) from the West Pacific, with Redescription of a Similarly colored Congener Gobiodon erythrospilus Bleeker, 1875. Bulletin of the National Museum of Nature and Science, Series A, 39 (3): 143-165.