Definition of goby
: any of numerous spiny-finned fishes (family Gobiidae) that usually have the pelvic fins united to form a ventral sucking disk
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Lionfish are adept hunters of gobies, which are small, schooling fish that tend to hover near rocks and the seabed, making them easy to herd and corner.
The warm water sped up the metabolism of the gobies, making them hungrier.
Breaching the lagoon could sweep the gobies out to sea, threatening their chance of survival.
There are about 1,800 species of marine aquarium fish in the trade, and breeders have only managed to successfully raise a few of those, including several types of clownfish and gobies.
The fish that are likely to thrive in the oceans of the future—small, adaptable species such as gobies and blennies—are, simply, not fish people like to eat.
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Origin and Etymology of goby
Latin gobius gudgeon, from Greek kōbios
First Known Use: 1769See Words from the same year
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