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Species: Ctenogobius stigmaticus, Marked Goby

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body: thin, long orange bars
cheek: 3-4 dark bars
side nape: dark blotch
D2 11; A 12
side lower jaw: large, laterally projecting tusk

Ctenogobius stigmaticus (Poey, 1860)

Marked Goby

Body elongate, slightly compressed; eye moderate, towards front, narrow between them; tongue bilobed; teeth in 2-3 rows in both jaws; 3-4 large canines in outer row of upper jaw; inner row of lower jaw with large recurved canines; side lower jaw with a large, laterally projecting tusk; 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 (1st 3 spines often elongate in adult males) + I, 11 (11-12); length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 12 (11-12); pectoral fins 17 (15-18); pelvic fins I,5, united in a disc; scales rough, 29 (28-33) in lateral series; no lateral line.

Tan; 3-4 distinct dark bars on lower cheek under eye; a small shoulder spot; preoperculum edge not distinctly darker; trunk with thin, long, yellow-orange bars; tail fin with several dark bars; dorsal fins with dark stripe along base, outer edge orangish; pelvic and anal with dark outer border.

Reaches: 9.6 cm.

Habitat: Mud grass bottoms.

Depth: 1-10 m?

The Gulf of Mexico 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
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Mud
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Detritivore
  • Omnivore
  • Data
  • Benthic microalgae
  • Detritus
  • 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)
  • Continental primarily
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • 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
  • 9.6
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 10