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Gobies, Blennies, & Dragonets
Gobies, Blennies, & Dragonets (Mandarinfishes) share many characteristics. They are small, bottom-dwelling, mostly carnivorous fishes that can be found in virtually every niche and habitat type in temperate and tropical seas worldwide. Gobies comprise the largest known family of tropical fishes. They can be distinguished from Blennies and Dragonets by the absence of a gas bladder and the presence of a suction cup (formed by fused pelvic fins) that they use to attach themselves to rocks and other surfaces. Most Gobies are smaller than 4 inches in length and are brilliantly colored. They spend their time resting on the bottom near holes or crevices. Some species (like Dartfishes and Wormfishes) hover just inches above the sand or reef, ready to dart to a safe hiding place when threatened. Some species can live out of water for extended periods of time (Mudskippers), some species provide parasite cleaning services for larger fishes (Neon Gobies), and other species have developed symbiotic relationships with various invertebrates including sponges, corals, sea urchins, and burrowing shrimps.