Blind Goby

Blind Goby (Typhlogobius californiensis)

Contributed by TPERP Becky Wieder

Blind Goby
Photo by Samantha Weber

Where to find them: From central California to southern Baja California in Mexico

What do they eat: Plant and animal detritus falling as debris from feeders on the surface, such as crabs

Who eats them: None known

Adaptations: They are pale pink in color with very loose skin. They have no eyes or very small eyes. Young may have limited sight but adults are blind.

Reproduction: The male-female pairs are very territorial and fiercely guard their eggs. They are estimated to live 10 to 15 years.

What is their life like: They live in burrows created by the Ghost Shrimp. They appear to use their sense of smell.

Interesting Facts: Can live for about a week out of water. Their skin has lots of blood vessels. They depend entirely upon holes dug by the ghost shrimp (Callianassa) for a home and are unable to live without its help.

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Gobiidae

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Last revised 08-Sep-14