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Species: Psilotris celsa, Highspine Goby

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no head pores
parallel paired rows dark spots - > 5-6 bars
back: orange marks
D1 front base: black spot
mouth short
pectoral 16-17, clear
A usually 9-10
no scales

Psilotris celsa Böhlke, 1963

Highspine Goby

Body slightly compressed; head rounded; snout length >5.5% of SL; no fleshy ridge between the nostrils; no head pores; front nostril a short tube, rear a hole with a raised rim; top jaw ends at front of eye; teeth in upper jaw in a broad band of tiny teeth with outer row of enlarged teeth; lower jaw with inner row of enlarged teeth at front, outer row with enlarged teeth; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VII, the first two elongate in adults, + I, 9-10; length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 8-10; pectoral fins 17 (16-17); pelvic fins I, 5, completely separate, no frenum between spines or membrane connecting inner rays, rays 1-4 branched, without fleshy or flattened tips 5th ray unbranched in adults,extend half way to anus; no scales; no lateral line.

Adults white to somewhat yellowish, with the narrow body bars and head markings yellow; two bars cross the top of the head, each composed of two parallel lines of dark spots; a narrow bar runs from the eye to the upper jaw, another, extends downward from the eye, and another runs from the eye onto the cheek; top of the body with burnt orange markings, plus seven saddles and 5-6 bars composed of paired rows of dark spots on sides; a prominent black spot present at the front base of the dorsal fin; pectoral fin clear.

Reaches: 4.1 cm.

Habitat: coral and rocky habitats.

Depth range: 2.5-16 m.

Bermuda to Brazil.

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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
  • 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
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 4.1
Depth Range Min
  • 2
Depth Range Max
  • 16