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Species: Tigrigobius multifasciatus, Greenbanded goby

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head tan, red stripe eye to rear head
cheek - no red stripe
body dark green + 15-21 green bars
no scales
Bahamas & E Caribbean

Tigrigobius multifasciatus (Steindachner, 1876)

Greenbanded goby

Elongate, robust; head compressed; a pore midway between front of the two eyes; 2 pores on preopercle; snout pointed, profile straight; teeth in upper jaw in 5-7 rows of small densely packed teeth, outer enlarged and widely spaced, large canines present; teeth in lower jaw in 5-7 rows of small densely packed teeth, several larger canines in median outer row; 2 very large canines along inner rear row; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VII (1st spine filamentous) + I, 10-11; length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 9 (8-9); pectoral fins 20 (19-21); pelvic fins I, 5, disk complete; tail rounded; no scales; no lateral line.

Head pale tan, with a broad red to brownish red stripe from eye to rear margin of head, that ending in a short orange segment followed by a short blackish segment; body dark green, with 15-21 narrow, pale bright green bars.

Reaches: 5 cm L.

Depth: 0-1 m.

Habitat: lives in association with urchins in coral reef areas.

The Bahamas to the SE Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Sea Urchins
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • All species.
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Insular primarily
  • Continent
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species..
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 5
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 1