Please help Id this fish is it some kind of Goby? Help

Discussion in 'Fish, Snail, Worm And Pest ID Help' started by allibobs, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. allibobsWell Known MemberMember

    Hi any idea's what this fish is? some kind of goby?






  2. navyscubaWell Known MemberMember

    That is nothing close to a Goby. I can't see the mouth well but that is an Otto.

  3. allibobsWell Known MemberMember

    I have otto's and he looks nothing like :-S

  4. navyscubaWell Known MemberMember

    I have ottos too The pics are a bit fussy. But that is no Goby.
  5. bass masterWell Known MemberMember

    I second otto, there is a number of different species of otocinclus catfish which could explain why he looks different than your others
  6. navyscubaWell Known MemberMember

    Here's link with some more Ottos.
  7. allibobsWell Known MemberMember

    His mouth looks kinda different to an otto, otto's have the kinda suction cup looking mouth but this little guy can shut it and kind of smile lol
  8. allibobsWell Known MemberMember

    Think what i'm trying to say is he has a flush to his body mouth not a sucker looking mouth
  9. navyscubaWell Known MemberMember

    Well on the last pic looks like he's sucking on the glass.
  10. allibobsWell Known MemberMember

    he does suck on the glass but his mouth is different to otto's
  11. bass masterWell Known MemberMember

    from the fourth picture it does look to me like he has some kind of round sucker mouth, even if its not extended from the body, it could still be an otto, where did you get it? do you remember what it was labeled as? Better pictures would of course help, especially a close up of his underside while he's up against the glass
  12. navyscubaWell Known MemberMember

    Check this one out.
  13. allibobsWell Known MemberMember

    He was given to me as a Goby by a local fish enthusiast whom is moving and i cant take a picture of a fish that wont stay still lol
  14. navyscubaWell Known MemberMember

  15. allibobsWell Known MemberMember


    this so much like him but my guy is stripy
  16. bass masterWell Known MemberMember

    not sure thats anything like your fish.... It has an upturned mouth, lives in salt water tide pools, swims throughout the water and would not rest on the glass, its clear where yours is opaque, and of course that guy lives in salt water
  17. allibobsWell Known MemberMember

    Don't worry about it I will wait till the guy moves and ask him what sort of Goby it is
  18. AlexWNew MemberMember

    It's a female Stiphodon species... so yes, you were right and it is a type of goby :)

    Here's a pic of one of my Stiphodon elegans females:

    And my male:

    They're an awesome little fish, good luck!
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2010
  19. NutterFishlore VIPMember

    I agree with Alex. It's a Stiphodon Elegan, sometimes called an Emerald River Goby. It's nothing like any Oto I am aware of & I know most of thier species pretty well.
  20. ElodeaWell Known MemberMember

    Yep, looks quite a bit like one. At first I thought it was an oto but it's body is too elongated.

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