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Species: Psilotris alepis, Scaleless Goby

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head: no pores
body: 5-6 broad bars, 7 short saddles on back
top jaw ends under front edge pupil
pectoral 15, fin uncolored
A 7-8
no scales

Psilotris alepis Ginsburg, 1953

Scaleless Goby

Body slightly compressed; head short, narrow, round; no head pores; front nostril tubular, rear nostril a hole with a raised rim; small eye; top jaw ends under the front of pupil; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VII (none elongate) + I, 9-10; length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 7-8; pectoral fin 15; pelvic fins I,5, completely separate, no frenum between spines or membrane connecting inner rays, rays 1-4 branched, without fleshy or flattened tips, extend half way to anus, 5th ray unbranched in adults; no scales; no lateral line.

Body with 5-6 broad, irregular, diffuse bars and 7 short saddles on top, front 2 bars somewhat Y-shaped; a thin bar under front part of eye; a wider, oblique bar under rear of eye; pectoral fin uncolored.

Reaches 2.5 cm.

Inhabits shallow water in coral and rocky habitats.

Depth range 0-1 m.

Bahamas to the S Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • 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
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC 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
  • 2.5
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 1