||Name: Dragon Fish (Violet
|Scientific name: Gobioides
|Range: Atlantic coast
of Georgia in to Texas and all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico and the
northern coast of Brazil.
Brackish water, swamps. 1-100 feet down.
|Status: Not threatened
|Diet in the wild: Small
shrimp, and anything else that can fit in its mouth, except fish.
|Diet in the zoo: Chopped
|Location in the zoo:
R. Record Aquarium
The Dragon Fish can get up to 15
inches long, but has been known to reach 2 feet, and even longer in the
Dragon Fish have very small eyes
and therefore it is hard to find their food in wild life.
It can get about 1 pound heavy because
of its fairly dense body.
It resembles an eel with dorsal
and ventral fins running the whole length of its body.
Color: Gray and shining scales on
Dragon Fish live in brackish
water. This means that the water is a mix of salt and fresh water. They
are very peaceful even though they sometimes might appear to be lethal
predators. This fish is really ugly but it is still very interesting, almost
It is a member of the family
Gobidae, and the American Fisheries Society has given it the official common
name of the violet goby. The only reason why people call it the Dragon
Fish is because they want to sell more of it; the name makes it sound interesting.
or behavioral adaptations
The Dragon Fish is not a "hunter";
it feeds on other fish that are sick or it eats bugs and other insects
in the water. The reason why its body is shaped like a torpedo is because
they have to hide from predators. They climb into small cracks in rocks
and hide there; this behavior can be seen with most eel and snake species
that also have the same body frame. Dragon Fish are not very friendly when
it comes to other fishes; it marks its territory and lets nobody
in there. Gobies in general often enter into restricted symbiotic relationships
with each other, which is why it can be so hard to mate them in captivity.
by Stacy Holtzman
Comments about the Dragon
Fish of the Fort Worth Zoo
The Dragon Fish at the Fort Worth
Zoo is a female and it was brought to the zoo 3 years ago. It came from
the Atlantic Coast. It is very hard to breed the Dragon Fish
in captivity and they have still not been able to do so at the Zoo.
As I was studying the Dragon
Fish I noticed that it hardly never swims around. Instead it "runs" along
the bottom of the tank on its lateral fins. It has a very large mouth and
it looks like it could swallow a small fish in a bite. It is hard to believe
that a Dragon Fish it is not aggressive when you look at it because it
looks almost like an old dragon.
at the Fort Worth Zoo