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Species: Ginsburgellus novemlineatus, Ninelined Goby

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head reddish; body black + 9 thin blue bars



Ginsburgellus novemlineatus (Fowler, 1950)

Ninelined Goby

Elongate; snout pointed; eyes close together (~pupil diameter); upper jaw overhangs lower; a central pore between front edge of eyes; front nostril a short tube with a flap, reach nostril a short tube; upper lip almost completely joined to snout, free only at rear; no teeth on front of roof of mouth; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VI + I, 11 (10-12); length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 9; pectoral fins 17 (16-18); pelvic fins I, 5, disk complete, circular, reaching ½ way to anus; no scales; no lateral line.

Upper head and body dark grey-brown; body with 9 thin vertical bright blue bars; iris red; lower parts of head and gill cover salmon to pale brown.

Reaches: 2.5 cm.

Habitat: lives in association with sea urchins in upper tidal zone in clear. waters.

Depth: 0-3 m.

The Bahams to the S Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Sea Urchins
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Parasitic
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Sea-stars/cucumbers/urchins
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 2.5
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 3