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Species: Tigrigobius macrodon, Tiger Goby

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pale + narrow black bars - head 3, body ~13
pectoral 17 (16-18)
scales: tail base 2, C base 4 large

Tigrigobius macrodon (Beebe & Tee-Van, 1928)

Tiger Goby

Elongate; head compressed, profile rounded; snout short; upper lip separated from snout by a deep groove; teeth in upper jaw with 3-4 rows, outer row enlarged, inner row not enlarged, large canines absent; lower jaw with 3-4 rows of teeth, outer and inner rows not enlarged, large canines absent; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VII (front spines filamentous in both sexes, may extend back to the middle of the second dorsal) + I, 10 (10-11); length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 9 (8-10); pectoral fins 17 (16-18); pelvic fins I,5, disk complete; tail rounded; tail base with 2 scales; tail fin base with 4 large very rough scales; no lateral line.

Pale grayish; 13-14 narrow black bars (much narrower than pale interspaces) along the body from the base of the pectoral fin to tail fin, three narrow dark bars on the head, a series of small very dark spots (3-4 on each side) under the head in two rows along the outer edge of gill cover.

Reaches: 5 cm.

Habitat: Inhabits the spaces in coral rubble found around the bases of the reef; sometimes found on the surfaces of large sponges and behind dock pilings in canals.

Depth: 1-20 m.

Bermuda to the Greater Antilles.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Sponges
  • 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 endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • 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
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 20