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Species: Bollmannia boqueronensis, White-eye Goby

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eyes small
D1 large black ocellus; D2 11-12
both Ds: 3-4 brown stripes
top lip - no black stripe
pelvics pale
flank: 4-5 brown blotches + pale stripe

Bollmannia boqueronensis Evermann & Marsh, 1899

White-eye Goby

Body long, slender (depth 18.2-21% SL), tapering, compressed; head short; snout blunt; eyes relatively small (7.7-10% SL), high, close together; interorbital narrow, without median keel, mouth large, very oblique; teeth in 2 rows, the outer row enlarged; front of roof of mouth no teeth; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VII (none elongate) + I, 12 (11-13); length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 12 (11-13); pectoral rays 21 (19-23); pelvics fused to form a disc, front margin of disc scalloped; tail fin long and pointed; scales large, rough; body, top of head, and nape fully scaled, a lengthwise row of scales along lower margin of cheek; scales in lateral series 27-30; no lateral line.

Upper head and body brown; flank with 4-5 brown blotches, connected by a pale stripe from eye back to upper tail base, sometimes another pale stripe above that; iris white; no black stripe above upper lip; cheek and opercle with 4-5 brown bars; dorsal fins with 4 -5 brown stripes; first dorsal with distinct black ocellus at rear; pelvic fins usually light or slightly dusky.

Reaches 10 cm.

Depth: 14-112 m.

Habitat: Mud bottoms.

The Gulf of Mexico to Guyana.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • 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)
  • Extends South of GC
  • 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
  • 14
Depth Range Max
  • 112