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Species: Bollmannia eigenmannorum, Shelf Goby

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eye small
D2 11; A 10-12
pelvics pale
top lip WITH black stripe
D1: spines I-III elongate, rear black spot

Bollmannia eigenmannorum (Garman, 1896)

Shelf Goby

Body moderately elongate; head short; snout blunt; eyes small, 6.9-10% SL; 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 (front 3 spines elongate) + I, 11 (rarely 10); length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 10-12; pectoral fin rays 19-21; pelvics fused to form disc, front margin of disc scalloped; tail fin lanceolate; scales large, rough; body, top of head, and nape fully scaled; 27-29 lateral scales; no lateral line.

Body yellowish-pale; side of body without distinctive markings; top lip with distinct black stripe immediately above jawbone; first dorsal fin with black spot, on spines IV-VI; pelvic disc pale.

Reaches 10 cm.

Depth: 37-200 m.

Habitat: Mud bottom.

The Gulf of Mexico and the S Caribbean.

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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
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
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)
  • Continental primarily
  • 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
  • 37
Depth Range Max
  • 200