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Species: Lophogobius cyprinoides, Atlantic Crested Goby, Crested Goby

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body robust
nape: large crest
D1 black & orange ocellus/blotch
male: all black
mouth oblique
scales large, rough behind pectoral base, none top head

Lophogobius cyprinoides (Pallas, 1770)

Crested Goby, Atlantic Crested Goby

Body robust, somewhat compressed; high crest on nape extending from or just before dorsal to between eyes; deep depression before and below eye; 1 pore between center of eyes, another between rear border of eyes; cheek with 7 vertical rows of papillae; mouth opens at front, oblique, reaches under pupil; tongue truncate to broadly rounded; teeth in upper jaw in a wide band, outer row of enlarged conical teeth; edge of preoperculum with indentations at each pore; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VI, 4th spine longest, at times reaching 3rd-4th ray of 2nd dorsal, + I, 10; length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 9; pectoral 17-19 (16-20), reaches past anal fin origin in large fish; pelvic I, 5 disk complete; tail fin rounded, about as long as head; body and top of head (except top of nape and crest, and edge of preopercle) with large rough scales; no lateral line.

Female - pale, upper head and body mottled with blotches of olive-brown to red-brown, cheeks and operculum may be covered with pale spots; rear of1st dorsal with a vertically elongate orange and black ocellus or partial ocellus; several pale lines radiate behind eye and along body; rear of body with 2 rows of dark blotches; base of tail fin with a thin dark bar; male - more extensive dark mottling, dark violet to black when breeding. juveniles with brown blotches at rear & pale stripes at front, an orange blotch bordered at front by dark bar on outer 1/2 of 1st dorsal.

Reaches: 10 cm.

Habitat: Tidal creeks, mangroves, and quiet coastal waters; fresh to fully saline environments.

Depth: 0-6 m.

Bermuda to the S Caribbean; has passed through the Panama Canal to the Pacific entrance.

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  • Brackish
  • Freshwater
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Estuary
  • Freshwater
  • Mangrove
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Omnivore
  • Data
  • Detritus
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 10
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 6