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Species: Priolepis robinsi, Tayrona goby

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front dark bars = width of pale interspaces, rear narrower
spots -> stripes & bars: Ds, A & C: barred
scales: breast - smooth, 16-18 nape, 0 opercle

Priolepis robinsi Garzón-Ferreira & Acero, 1991

Tayrona goby

Body and head robust; no head pores; eyes round, close together, at junction of side and top of head; mouth opens up, oblique, jaw reaching front edge of pupil, with projecting lower jaw; both jaws with bands of villiform teeth, inner row somewhat enlarged, outer row enlarged and canine like, smaller than lower jaw canines; lips thin; gill openings broad, extending to below preoperculum; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VI (2nd spine elongate in large specimens, reaching 7th ray of 2nd dorsal) + 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 (16-18); pelvic fins I, 5 fully united, but with no front membrane between spines;  scales large, rough, over entire body, smooth scales on breast and pectoral fin base, 32-36 in lateral series; nape scaled, 16-18 scales before dorsal fin; scales absent from opercle; no lateral line.

Head and body pale, with orange to brown dark bars, dark bars become narrower at rear, are equal to width of pale bars at front; 1st dorsal with a blackish band along its base, more intense at front end; dorsal, anal, and caudal fins with orange dots organized in bars.

Reaches: 4.3 cm.

Habitat: bottoms with rocks, sand, rubble, algae and large sponges; at edge of sand tilefish burrows with coralline rubble and at isolated coral heads.

Depth: 5-27 m.

The S Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Sponges
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • No Data
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Benthic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continent
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 4.3
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 27