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Species: Cryptopsilotris batrachodes, Toadfish Goby

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dark above, pale below
side head dark oblique stripe
D1 8-9; A 6-7
C: dark C bar
D1&2: dark oblique bars

Cryptopsilotris batrachodes (Böhlke, 1963)

Toadfish Goby

Body slightly compressed; head rounded; a central fleshy low ridge on the snout between the nostrils; both nostrils tubular, rear shorter than front; no head pores; top jaw ends before middle of pupil; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VII (rarely V or VI), none elongate; + I, 8 (8-9); length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 6 (6-7); pectoral 16 (15-16); pelvic fins I,5, fins completely separate, lack frenum between front spines no membrane between innermost rays, rays 1-4 branched, without flattened or fleshy tips, reaching no further than half way to anus;tail fin rounded; no scales; no lateral line.

Nape & upper back mottled with dark spots; a dark brown bar between eyes & back to lower pectoral base; snout and lower cheeks dark spotted; pectoral with dark bar angled down edge of fin; each dorsal fin with two conspicuous dark vertical bars; pelvic fins clear; a strong, slightly V-shaped dark bar on base of tail fin.

Reaches 1.8 cm.

Habitat: found in coral habitats on sandy bottoms with small rubble.

Depth range: 1-55 m.

The Bahamas to the S Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 1.8
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 55