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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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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Planktivore
Diet
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continent
  • Island (s)
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 2.5
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 3