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Species: Elacatinus jarocho, Jarocho Goby

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snout: central yellow bar
yellow stripe: 2 short sections - through eye & tail
dark stripe: snout through eye to tail base
mouth a little under snout
top lip not fused to snout

Elacatinus jarocho Taylor & Akins, 2007

Jarocho Goby

Elongate; head compressed; mouth U-shaped, a little under snout; top lip not fused to snout, a groove present between upper lip and snout; tongue truncate; teeth in upper and lower jaws conical in 1-2 rows; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VII + I, 10-11; length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 8-10; pectoral fins 15-17; pelvic fins I ,5, disk complete; tail rounded; no scales; no lateral line.

Translucent dark bluish-grey; snout with central yellow bar; a bright yellow stripe along each side of body in 2 distinct sections: front section from just before eye, through top of eye, ending slightly behind eye, rear section from upper tail base onto tail fin itself; a dark grey broad stripe from snout through eye to tail base; body on bottom translucent white; fins translucent.

Reaches: 3.5 cm.

Habitat: Found in aggregations of 12-60 fish swimming in water column close to the reef, in high profile areas and overhangs.

Depth 3-25 m.

SW Gulf of Mexico.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Water column
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • Gulf of Mexico endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Endangered
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.5
Depth Range Min
  • 3
Depth Range Max
  • 25