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Species: Lythrypnus spilus, Bluegold Goby

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D1 elongate spines
head & body: ~13 orange bars ( - pale centerline)
narrow blue-grey bars (+ dark centerline)
pectoral base: large spot

Lythrypnus spilus Bohlke & Robins, 1960

Bluegold Goby

Head and body compressed; body slender; head profile round, front nostril a long tube, rear a raised rim; head without pores; papillae around mouth, on cheeks and operculum and over eye; mouth very oblique; tongue rounded to pointed; gill opening narrow, ~pectoral base; gill membranes with 5 rays; dorsal fin VI (1st 2 elongate, reaching tail base) + I, 9 (8-9), length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 8 (8-9); pectoral fin 16 (15-17), rays unbranched; pelvics I, 5, fused into disc; tail fin short, round, with 17 segmented rays; scales rough, body scaled except chest and pectoral base, 26 (25-27) lateral rows, none on head and nape; no lateral line.

Blue-grey with ~13 yellow-orange bars on head and body, each blue bar with darker center line, orange bars without a dark center line; a large spot extending full width of pectoral fin base.

Reaches 2.5 cm.

Depth range: 1-97 m.

Coral reef.

Bermuda to the S Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • 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)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
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
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 97