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Species: Gillellus uranidea, Warteye Stargazer

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4-5 wide V bars
D XI-XV, 14-17
A 21-24
straight LL 11-15

Gillellus uranidea Böhlke, 1968

Warteye Stargazer

Body compressed, tapering to tail; head moderate sized; eyes on top of head, not on stalks, ringed with a circle of flaps on tip; tubular nostrils; mouth upturned, with a protruding lower jaw, 4 (2-4) skin flaps on lower lip, none on top lip; upper part of operculum with a frill of skin flaps; dorsal fin in 2 sections, 1st section a finlet of III spines with origin on nape, sometimes 1-2 free spines behind this, then main fin, XIII-XV spines, 14-17 soft rays; 21-24 soft anal rays; pelvic fins inserted under throat, each with I, 3, rays thickened and free at the tips; scales large, smooth; 22-27 scales on arched section of lateral line, 11-15 on straight part, total scales 36-41; underbelly behind pelvic fins scaleless; lateral line bends down just behind spiny section of dorsal fin.

Variably plain, with traces of brown on side and back; or with 4-5 broad dark saddles across back, from nape to tail fin base; front of head often with dark spots or blotches.

Reaches 4.5 cm.

Lives buried in sand around reefs.

Depth range: 1-12 m.

The Bahamas to the S Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Brooded
  • 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
  • 4.5
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 12