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Species: Tigrigobius saucrus, Leopard Goby

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translucent + brown leopard pattern
belly: 2 large dark blotches on cream background
scales: tail base: 4 rows in V, C base 4

Tigrigobius saucrus (Robins, 1960)

Leopard Goby

Elongate; head rounded; snout short; groove between upper jaw and snout; tongue straight edged; teeth in upper and lower jaw with several rows at front, outer row enlarger, large canines present in both jaws; front nostril well developed tube; rear nostril a raised rim only; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VII + I, 10; length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 9 (8-9); pectoral fins 16 (15-17); pelvic fins I,5, disk complete; tail rounded; V patch of 4 rows scales (4,3,2,1) on tail base, 4 large rough scales on tail fin base; no lateral line.

Translucent; head with brown blotches on opercle, two brown bars under eye; side of belly with 2 large square brown blotches bordered in a cream figure 8-shaped mark; row of prominent dark spots along each side on top of body, from eyes to tail fin, another row along lower part of tail base; spinal column with alternating cream & black dashes.

Reaches: 1.6 cm.

Habitat: Found on live coral heads.

Depth: 1-30 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
  • Corallivore
  • Data
  • Omnivore
  • Data
  • Hard corals
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
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 1.6
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 30