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Species: Elacatinus prochilos, Broadstripe Goby

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white V on snout joins narrow blue-white stripe to end C
lower dark stripe wide, extends to end of C
mouth at front or slightly under snout

Elacatinus prochilos (Bohlke & Robins, 1968)

Broadstripe Goby

Elongate; head compressed; mouth position variable, opens at front or a little underneath; a groove separates upper jaw from snout; teeth in lower jaw in a broad band anteriorly, narrowing to a single series at sides, front row sloping outwards; inner row of lower jaw teeth in males with 2 or 3 enlarged canines; tongue tip emarginated or bilobed; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VII + I, 11 (10-11); length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 10; pectoral fins 18 (17-19); pelvic fins I, 5, disk complete; tail rounded; no scales; no lateral line.

Dark grey upper head and body; snout with a white V (usually with a short forward projection), which continues back as a white to bluish white stripe across top of eye to the end of the tail fin, stripe widens slightly towards rear; a wide dark stripe under white stripe, extends to end of tail fin.

Reaches: 4 cm.

Habitat: Found most often on the surface of living corals and sponges. It engages in cleaning behavior.

Depth: 1-55 m.

The southwest Gulf of Mexico and the NW to SE Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Sponges
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Corallivore
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Ectoparasite cleaner
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Ectoparasites
  • Hard corals
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
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
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Vulnerable
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 4
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 55