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Species: Coryphopterus eidolon, Pallid sand-goby, Pallid goby

All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

pale + yellow-orange spots & lines
D1 9, A 8-9
C base: thin dark bar
pelvics: concave disc
pectoral 19-20; base - upper orange blotch

Coryphopterus eidolon Bohlke & Robins, 1960

Pallid goby

Snout profile straight; low crest on head; head pores present, usually 1 between center of eyes, 1 pair between rear nostril; papillae on cheek in horizontal rows; mouth small, relatively horizontal; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VI + I, 9; length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 8-9; pectoral fin 19-20 (18-20); pelvic fin I, 5, 5th ray shorter than 4th, fins united forming disk with front membrane present; tail fin rounded; body covered with scales, scales large, rough, absent from head, 25-26 in lateral series; no lateral line.

Body entirely pallid, with yellow -orange marks; eye with a ring of dark spots; a thin blackish bar at base of tail fin; a yellow-orange stripe, sometimes dark edged, from eye to area below 1st dorsal fin; an oblique dark bar angled down and forwards from eye to mid-side of top jaw, an upturned dark line behind corner of jaw; sometimes a bronze stripe above yellow stripe; bronze stripes on cheek, along belly and upper back; a pale orange blotch but no dark spot on upper pectoral-fin base.

Reaches: 6 cm.

Depth: 1-54 m.

Habitat: Reef areas with coral and/or limestone and areas of protected fine white coral sand.

North Carolina  to the S Caribbean.


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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Rocks
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Omnivore
  • Detritivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Data
  • Benthic microalgae
  • Detritus
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species.
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • All species..
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Vulnerable
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 6
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 54