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Species: Priolepis dawsoni, Dawson’s Goby

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7 brown bars, 1st 3 wider than pale interspaces
inner 1/2 Ds, A & C orange
scales: 28-31 laterales, 10-12 transverse rows, 12-14 nape
scales: breast rough, none on opercle

Priolepis dawsoni Greenfield, 1989

Dawson’s Goby

Body chunky; no head pores; mouth opens up, oblique, with projecting lower jaw; gill openings broad, extending to below preoperculum; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VI (2nd and sometimes 3rd spines elongate) + I, 10 (10-11); length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 9 (8-9); pectoral fin 18 (17-18); pelvic fins I, 5, fins fully united at base, but with no front membrane between spines; tail fin rounded; large, rough scales over entire body, 31(28-31) in lateral series, 10-12 transverse rows; nape scaled, 12-14 scales before dorsal fin; no scales on opercle or preopercle; no lateral line.

Body cream, with 7 dark-brown bars; front 3 bars wider than cream colored interspaces; remaining dark bars equal to or narrower than cream spaces; head crossed by 4 bars; 1st dorsal with dark basal portion; second dorsal with 5 diagonal brown bars; tail fin with dark blotch at its base, scattered melanophores and 5 brown bars; anal, pectoral and pelvic fins with scattered melanophores.

Reaches: 2.6 cm.

Habitat: Occurs over sandy bottoms with many algae covered boulders; also in tide pools.

Depth: 0-130 m.

SE Caribbean to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 2.6
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 130