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Species: Tigrigobius pallens, Semiscaled Goby

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dark, 8-9 dark bars behind pectoral, bars Y shaped
D, C & A not barred
scales: tail base 8-13 rows, C base - 4 v rough

Tigrigobius pallens (Ginsburg, 1939)

Semiscaled Goby

Elongate; a pore midway between front of the two eyes; 2 pores on preopercle; head rounded; snout very short; front nostril a short tube; rear nostril with a raised rim; teeth in upper and lower jaws with teeth in narrow bands, outer enlarged, inner row not enlarged, large canines absent; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VII (1st spine elongate in males) + I, 10 (9-11); length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 8 (7-8); pectoral fins 16 (15-16); pelvic fins I, 5; disk complete; tail rounded; 8-13 rows of rough scales on tail base; 4 very rough scales on tail fin base; no lateral line.

Dark grey; 8-9 internal dark bars on body behind pectoral, some in the form of Ys, 3 widen when they pass across white belly; head reddish, with several dark bars and 3 short white bars outlined in black below eye; vertical fins not barred.

Reaches: 1.9 cm.

Habitat: Vertical walls & in holes on horizontal hard substrate in surgy areas.

Depth: 0-5 m.

The Bahamas to the S Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1.9
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5