The violet goby Gobioides broussonnetii is a species of goby native to marine, fresh and brackish waters near the Atlantic coast of North and South America from South Carolina in the United States of America, to northern Brazil. It prefers bays, estuaries and river mouths with muddy substrates. The Violet goby has a long, slender, eel-like body. Its dorsal and anal fins run almost the entire length of the body. The teeth are very sharp; however these are used for scraping algae off rocks, not fighting. When kept in good condition, dragon gobies develop an attractive, iridescent, silvery-blue metallic color with a gold blotch pattern. Violet gobies usually inhabit brackish swamps, streams, and estuaries with a muddy substrate. Violet gobies have very small eyes, and as such are primarily scavengers.
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I am the proud owner of a violet goby and I love giving tips on how to care for them. A violet goby, or Gobioides broussonnetii , is sometimes called the dragon goby or erroneously called a dragonfish the name of the arowana among other fish. It prefers brackish water and is native to the swamp waters around Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. The violet goby is a long, slender fish that resemble an eel but is definitely not an eel! They can reach lengths over two feet in the wild.
The Dragon goby Gobioides brousonnetti belongs to the family Gobiidae. This family is one of the biggest fish families and contains more than species. Most gobies are quite small and seldom grow larger than 4 inches 10 centimeters , but the Dragon goby can reach a size of 24 inches in the wild. When kept in aquariums, the Dragon goby will however seldom grow beyond 15 inches.