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Species: Priolepis robinsi, Tayrona Goby

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front dark bars = or > width of pale interspaces, rear narrower
spots - > stripes & bars: Ds, A & C: barred
scales: 32-36 lateral, 16-18 nape, 14-16 transverse
scales smooth on breast, none on 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; gill rakers 3-4 + 12-14; 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, 14-16 transverse rows; 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 or wider than pale bars at fron, and narrower than pale bars at rear; 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
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Sponges
  • 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 endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 4.3
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 27