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Species: Evermannichthys convictor, Tenant goby

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snout v blunt
top lip broadly joins snout
Ds separate; D1 V-VI
red + many small spots, D&A many small spots along edges
tail base scales: 1 side, 3-5 underneath

Evermannichthys convictor Bohlke & Robins, 1969

Tenant goby

Body very elongate; steep head profile, snout very blunt; no head pores; top lip connected to snout about same distance as that between eyes; tongue with slight indentation; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin V-VI, (1st 2 spines closer together than remaining spines) + I, 11-12; length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin;   anal fin I, 9-10; pectoral rays 13 (12-13); pelvic fins form a complete disk; segmented tail rays 17; 3-5 very rough scales along the bottom edge of the tail base, 1 rough scale generally present on side of tail base; no lateral line.

Tan to reddish with numerous small spots on body, spots more densely concentrated on top of head; dorsal and anal fins clear along bottom and with numerous small spots along the outer edges.

Reaches: 1.8 cm.

Habitat: lives inside sponges.

Depth: 13-65 m.

Bahamas to the central Caribbean.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Sponges
  • Reef only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Data
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s) only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Data deficient
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 1.8
Depth Range Min
  • 13
Depth Range Max
  • 65