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Species: Ctenogobius saepepallens, Dash Goby

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dark bar - between & under eyes, opercle - dark triangle
flank - row ~5 dark dashes
preopercular edge not dark
D2 11; A 12
male D1: 3rd spine elongate
male: upper C border - yellow

Ctenogobius saepepallens (Gilbert & Randall, 1968)

Dash Goby

Body elongate, slightly compressed; eyes large, towards front, narrow between them; tongue emarginated to bilobed; teeth in both jaws in 2-3 rows, 2-3 large slightly recurved canines on each side of outer row near middle of lower jaw; front of roof of mouth without teeth; gill rakers short, triangular 0 + 4-5; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VI (3rd spine elongate in male) + I, 11 (10-12); length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 12 (11-12); pectoral fins 15-17(13-17); pelvic fins I, 5, united in a disc; scales on body rough, 31 (28-36) in lateral series; no lateral line.

Translucent; with reddish brown mottling on upper side; thin black bar under eye, which may continue through eye and across between eyes; a triangular dark blotch on operculum ringed with pale blue; edge of preoperculum not distinctly darker; mid-side with a row of 5 black streaks (last one a spot at end of tail base), sometimes with elongate black blotches as well; upper body sometimes with an irregular cross-hatch pattern of dark lines along scale edges; upper edge of tail fin and tip of 1st dorsal of male yellow.

Reaches: 5.0 cm.

Habitat: Sand bottoms; lives in snapping-shrimp burrows.

Depth: 0-45

Florida to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-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
  • 5
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 45