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Species: Elacatinus lobeli, Caribbean neon goby

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snout dark
thin blue stripe in grey stripe - before eye to C
pectoral 16; pelvic disc long; C 11
mouth distinctly under snout
top lip fused to snout

Elacatinus lobeli Randall & Colin, 2009

Caribbean neon goby

Elongate; head compressed; mouth under overhanging snout, shark-like; upper lip connected to snout; upper jaw with a single row of conical teeth, in stockade fence fashion, no enlarged, canine-like teeth; lower jaw with 3-4 rows at front, narrowing to a single row on sides, two or three greatly enlarged, recurved canines on inner row; tongue tip slightly emarginated to truncate; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VII + I, 11 (10-12); length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 10-11; pectoral fins 16 (15-17); pelvic fins I, 5, disk complete, relatively long (17.1% of SL); tail rounded, 11 (10-12, rarely 12) branched rays; no scales; no lateral line.

Dark blue-black; an iridescent thin blue stripe within a pale grey stripe along body from a little in front of eyes (but not meeting across snout, and no pale center on snout) to near the end of the tail fin.

Reaches: 3.6 cm.

Depth: 2.5-17 m.

Habitat: Found associated with coral heads and on rock substrate, occasionally found on the outer surface of large sponges.

Belize to Honduras.

Note: Very similar to E. oceanops.


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Salinity
  • Marine Only
  • Marine
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
  • Corals
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Sponges
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Ectoparasite cleaner
Diet
  • Ectoparasites
  • Data
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continent
  • GC endemic
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Near threatened
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max (cm)
  • 3.6
Depth Range Min (m)
  • 2
Depth Range Max (m)
  • 17