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Species: Barbulifer antennatus, Whiskered goby

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barbels: long, 2 under eye, 0 end mouth
mostly black

Barbulifer antennatus Böhlke & Robins, 1968

Whiskered goby

Body rounded; head robust, flattened above; anterior nostril a tube, posterior a short tube; head barbels long, the longest greater than eye diameter, single barbel at middle of snout tip, two barbels arranged vertically between eye and mouth, 0 barbels on rear outer face of mouth; 14 barbels along the ventral edge of the head; front of tongue with 2 lobes; teeth in upper jaw with a patch of very small teeth at the center and a row of enlarged canines outside, a few large canines on the inner margin; lower jaw with three rows at the anterior, reducing to a single row towards the sides, outer and inner rows with canines; gill opening small to a shallow S slit along base of pectoral; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VII + I, 8-11; length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; I, 7-9 anal rays; 16-20 pectoral rays; pelvics fused into a disc; tail round; no scales; no lateral line.

Black or blotchy black on a pale background.

Reaches 2.5 cm.

Depth: 0-3 m, usually < 0.3 m.

Habitat: Shallow water rocky habitats.

The Bahamas to the SE Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • All species.
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species..
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continent
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 2.5
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 3