Shorefishes of the Tropical Eastern Pacific Online Information System
Updated: 06/12/2008  

Contributors | Glossary | Settings  
Home General
What Fish is That?The FishesLibraryRandom ImagesGlossaryResearch Engine

Species Information          
Book mode off
  Book mode off  
Perciformes  -  Gobiidae  -  Ilypnus  -  Ilypnus gilberti

Ilypnus gilberti

All Families(148) All Genera(504) All Species(1287)
opercle - black blotch

chin - black
D red + white border

A black stripe

  shoulder- 1 skin flap


Ilypnus gilberti Eigenmann and Eigenmann, 1889)

Cheekspot goby

Body slender, compressed; ridge over eye expanded at rear; tongue tip in 2 lobes;slightly oblique, top jaw reaches under middle of eye; shoulder girdle before base of pectoral fin with 1 (rarely 2) skin flaps; dorsal fin V (IV-VI) + I, 15-17 rays; anal fin I, 14-16 rays; pelvics form a cup, inserted under base of pectoral fin; scales very small, smooth, imbedded in skin, absent on head, nape, throat and base of pectoral.

Light tan; under head with black stripe; bright white patches at upper corner of mouth and chin tip; sides of body peppered with fine dark dots: an iridescent blue-black blotch on gill cover; anal fin with central broad black stripe; dorsal fins red-brown with white margin, each ray with black dots that form several stripes; tail fin rust colored above and below, with grey center and white margin, and about 5 wavy brown bars in center; lower rays of pectoral fin and edges of median fins bright white.

Size: reaches 6.4 cm.

Habitat: intertidal sand bottoms in bays and estuaries.

Depth: 0-7 m.

Northern California to Baja and the western and northeastern Gulf of California.

  WoRMS FishBase Search OBIS Search
ITIS Catalog of Fishes Encyclopedia of Life

Questions or comments

Email STRI data manager

Print Friendly Version

© Copyright 2008 to 2014 - Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Programmed by Coeus Knowledge Systems Pty Ltd