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Species: Priolepis hipoliti, Rusty Goby

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olive to orange + 7 narrow pale bars
spots - > stripes & bars: Ds, A & C: barred
scales: rough, on opercle & all nape

Priolepis hipoliti (Metzelaar, 1922)

Rusty Goby

Body chunky; no head pores; mouth opens up, oblique, with projecting lower jaw; teeth in upper jaw with innermost row somewhat enlarged, outer row of canines extends to middle of jaw, rear canine longest, 4-6 on each side; lower jaw with innermost row somewhat enlarged, outer row of canines extends to midpoint of jaw, rear canine longest, 4-6 on each side; gill openings broad, extending to below preoperculum; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VI (second spine elongate) + I, 9 (8-10); length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 8 (7-9); pectoral fin 18 (16-19); pelvic fins I,5, fully united at base, but with no front membrane between spines; tail fin rounded; scales rough, large, over entire body, 28-31 (27-32) in lateral series; scales on opercle; nape fully scaled; no lateral line.

Dull olive to dull orange with 7 narrow pale bars from head to tail base; vertical fins and pectorals with bright orange spots in oblique rows, 7 vertical rows on tail fin; a dark stripe along base of 1st dorsal fin.

Reaches: 4.0 cm.

Habitat: Coral reefs, usually on undersides of ledges and roofs of caves.

Depth: 2-117 m.

Bermuda to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Sea anemones
  • Sponges
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • 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 + Island (s)
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-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
  • 4
Depth Range Min
  • 2
Depth Range Max
  • 117