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Species: Nes longus, Orangespotted Goby

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eyes large, protrude above
snout v short, blunt
body densely spotted
mid flank: row 3-4 pairs obvious dark blotches
live in shrimp burrows



Nes longus (Nichols, 1914)

Orangespotted Goby

Body elongate, not compressed; head compressed, profile rounded, without pores; eyes large, protruding on top of head; snout very short, blunt; mouth opens at front, slightly oblique; teeth in both jaws with 3-4 rows, outer row slightly enlarged, inner row not enlarged, no large canines present, no teeth on front of roof of mouth; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VII, 1st spine elongate + I, 10-13; length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 10-12; pectoral fin 16-19; pelvic fins I, 5, with a frenum between spines, fins united to form complete, oval disk, reaching 1/2 way to anus; tail fin elongate, 17 segmented rays; no scales; no lateral line.

Grayish white, sand colored, or brown, darker above than below; top of head with brown to orange spots; 3-4 pairs of orange to brown blotches along mid-side; small irregular, brown or orange spots on fins, those on the caudal fin arranged in irregular, narrow, vertical bands; a short dark bar on tail base.

Reaches: 10 cm.

Habitat: Found on fine sand bottoms in channels between reef areas; live in burrows in association with a shrimp.

Depth: 0-38 m.

Bermuda to the S Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • 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
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
  • 10
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 38