Vomerogobius flavus

Common Name

Lemon Goby

Year Described

Gilbert, 1971


Dorsal Fin: VI, 12-13
Anal Fin: 13
Pectoral Fin: 15-16
Caudal Fin:
Gill Rakers: 10
Vertebrae: 27

Mouth subterminal. Vomerine teeth present in males. Pore canals on head not joined. Body scaleless. Pelvic fins fusged. Third and fourth dorsal fin rays elongate. Tail emarginate.


Body lemon yellow to orange, with a bright yellow stripe on the upper side running from back of head to the tail. Head yellow to orange with yellow anterior to the eye and reddish pigment on the cheek. Upper head and back speckled with melanophores. Eye dark. Nape with a narrow blue stripe. All fins except caudal pale blue. Caudal fin bright yellow with dusky orange lobes.


Maximum size to 20.7mm SL.


Deep reefs from 30-42m. Found in small aggregations on dropoffs, where is swims up in the water column.


Known only from the Bahamas.


Gilbert, C. R. 1971. Two new genera and species of western Atlantic gobiid fishes with vomerine teeth. Copeia 1971 (no. 1): 27-38.