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Species: Tigrigobius zebrellus, Zebrette Goby

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head yellow + narrow black bars
body blue + 13 broad black bars
pectoral 18 (17-19)
scales: tail base - patch 10-12; C base 4 large

Tigrigobius zebrellus (Robins, 1958)

Zebrette Goby

Elongate; head and body compressed; a pore midway between front of the two eyes; 2 pores on preopercle; upper lip connected to snout along most of its length; anterior nostril tubular, posterior a rim with a small flap; teeth in upper jaw in a broad patch, outer row enlarged and not closely packed, 1 or 2 fangs present near rear inner margin; teeth in lower jaw in a broad patch of depressible teeth, outer row directed slightly forward and its teeth somewhat larger, the patch is broadest at front of jaw, 2 very large prominent canines in front row; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VII, (1st spine elongate) + I, 10 (10-11); length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 9; pectoral fin 18 (17-19); pelvic fins I, 5, disk complete; tail rounded; a patch of 9-12 scales on tail base; 4 large rough scales on rear body between dark bars 10-12, 4 large rough scales on tail fin base; no lateral line.

Head translucent yellowish with narrow black bars; body blue, with 13 prominent, sharply defined dark brown bars behind the pectoral fin, body bars relaviely wide, sometimes wider than pale interspaces.

Reaches: 2.0 cm.

Habitat: coral reef areas under coral rubble.

Depth: 0-20 m.

The southern Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • 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
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 2
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 20