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Species: Pariah scotius, Peppered Goby

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snout short
eye large
D1 VIII, no long spines
head & body dark + dense dots
C round, large
pelvics = disc
scales: under belly & tail base (+ 2 large at end)

Pariah scotius Bohlke, 1969

Peppered Goby

A short snout; eye large; head without barbells; no head pores; front nostril tubular; rear nostril a raised rim; a groove between the upper lip and snout; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VIII (none elongate) + I, 10-11; length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 7-8; pectoral fin 16 (15-17); pelvic fins I, 5, fins united forming a disc; tail fin rounded; scales rough, only on tail base, in 3-4 rows, and along bottom of body from anal fin to pelvic fin, 2 very rough scales at end of tail base; no lateral line.

Dark overall with numerous small spots; fins paler.

Reaches: 2.6 cm.

Habitat: Collected from sponges.

Depth: 11-30 m.

The Bahamas to the Central Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Sponges
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 2.6
Depth Range Min
  • 11
Depth Range Max
  • 30