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Species: Tigrigobius rubrigenis, Redcheek Goby

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head tan, red stripe eye to rear head
cheek with red stripe
body dark green + 23-26 green bars
NW Caribbean
no scales

Tigrigobius rubrigenis Victor, 2010

Redcheek Goby

Elongate, robust; head compressed; a pore midway between front of the two eyes; 2 pores on preopercle; snout pointed, profile straight; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VII (1st spine filamentous) + I, 10 (rarely 9); length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 9 (rarely 8); pectoral fins 20 (20-22); pelvic fins I, 5, disk complete; tail rounded; no scales; no lateral line.

Head pale tan, with a broad red to brownish red stripe from top lip through eye to rear margin of head, that ending in a short orange segment followed by a short blackish segment; a second red stripe across cheek from rear of mouth to middle of pectoral base; body dark green, with 23-26 narrow, pale bright green bars.

Reaches at least 2.4 cm.

Habitat: lives in association with urchins in coral reef areas.

Depth: 0-1 m.

NW Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • Sea Urchins
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 2.4
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 1