Bumblebee Goby male female guide

Brachygobius xanthomelas Brachygobius is a small genus of freshwater gobies. They are popular aquarium fish where a number of species are sold with the most popular being the bumblebee gobie because their colors. Most gobies range in size from 1.5 cm to 4 cm.

Males generally are slimmer than females and often have more vivid colors, typically orange rather than yellow. While both sexes have round bodies and bulbous eyes that are iconic to gobies. Bumblebee gobies are found across Southern and Southeast Asia primarily in freshwater habitats but also in slightly brackish waters. Under good conditions they can live in an aquarium for around 5 years

How to tell the difference between goby males and females

Males gobies are generally larger than females and females are not as vibrant as males. Females seem broader and fatter particularly when their ripe with eggs. Males seem to be thinner in appearance. In terms of the bands on the bodies, male have more vivid yellow bands while the female have a palish yellow bands. When breeding males are more colorful for sure.

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The true Freshwater Bumblebee Goby
Freshwater bumblebee goby, Brachygobius xanthomelas