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Species: Elacatinus lori, Lori’s Goby

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snout: v thin white bar
thin white stripe: upper eye to C
dark side stripe ends in round blotch on C
top lip fused to snout

Elacatinus lori Colin, 2002

Lori’s Goby

Elongate; head compressed, profile rounded; snout short; top lip fused to snout; tongue rounded; teeth in upper jaw in several rows at front, canines present in inner row; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VII + I, 11-12; length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 10; pectoral fins 18-19; pelvic fins I, 5, disk complete; tail rounded; no scales; no lateral line.

Dark grey upper head and body; a very thin white lateral stripe from upper eye to tail fin; a very thin white bar on snout from level of eye to top lip; body with a broad dark lateral stripe running along the mid-line, ends in a rounded extension on the anterior part of the tail fin; all fins clear.

Reaches 5 cm.

Habitat: coral reefs, found in association with sponges.

Depth: 0-24 m.

Honduras and Belize.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Sponges
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 5
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 24