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Species: Evermannichthys spongicola, Sponge goby

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upper body: numerous dark bars/saddles, break into spots at rear
head: dark lines radiate behind eye
D1 VI-VII, 2 Ds separate
A base: no row scales

Evermannichthys spongicola (Radcliffe, 1917)

Sponge goby

Body very elongate; no head pores; snout wedge shaped in profile, triangular in top profile; upper lip connected to snout along most of its length; tongue bilobed; gill cover with scalloped margin; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin V-VII (1st 2 spines closer together than remaining spines) + I, 10-15; length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 9 (8-10); pectoral rays 12 (11-12), fan shaped; pelvic fins form a complete disk, all rays branched; segmented tail rays 17; one very rough scale on lower edge of tail base, series of 22 very rough scales along the bottom edge of body from the tail base to the anal fin; no lateral line.

Tan to grey with 17 dark bars and/or saddles, those breaking into spots at rear of body; head with dark lines radiating down and back from eye; dorsals and anal fins with dark edges

Reaches: 3.0 cm.

Habitat: lives in logger head sponges.

Depth: 13-57 m.

North Carolina to the SW Gulf of Mexico.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Sponges
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC endemic
  • Continent only
  • Continent
  • All species
  • Extends North of GC
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3
Depth Range Min
  • 13
Depth Range Max
  • 57