NO SHRINKING VIOLET
I caught this creature in Buzios (Rio de Janeiro), Brazil, with an artificial bait. I would like to know the name of this species.
Livio Massa Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
You managed to catch the largest goby in the tropical western Atlantic region, the violet goby, Gobioides broussonnetii. This eel-like giant of the goby clan is known to reach a length of over 20 inches. It ranges from South Carolina through Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico, usually in areas with muddy bottoms. It can tolerate a wide range of salinities and has been reported from fresh, brackish and marine water, both nearshore and offshore. However, it’s most often encountered in muddy bays and estuaries. I’ve never seen anything published regarding its food value, but gobies are eaten in other parts of the world, and this one certainly grows large enough to fry up!