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Species: Bathygobius antilliensis, Antilles Frillfin, Antilles Frillfin Goby

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nape scales - > well past preopercle edge
lower body: 2 rows blotches, 7-8 upper, 3-4 on belly
pectoral 18-21
D1: 1-4 rows dark spots or 1 dark stripe
lateral scales 38-42

Bathygobius antilliensis Tornabene et al, 2010

Antilles Frillfin, Antilles Frillfin Goby

Body robust; head broad, depressed, with pores; snout bluntly rounded; eyes large, close together; mouth moderate sized, relatively horizontal; upper jaw length 9.5-13% SL; tongue with deep notch in front; jaw teeth in bands, without canines; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fins VI (none elongate) + I, 9 rays; length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal I, 8 rays; pelvic fins fused into a disc; pectoral 18-21, upper 3-5 rays free, silky threads; tail round; scales large, rough, 38-42 on mid-side, present on midline of nape to well before a line through rear edge of preopercle, often to level of rear edge of dark blotches behind eye; no scales on cheek or operculum; no lateral line.

Grayish brown; upper body with 3 indistinct dark saddles; central flank with a row of rounded spots connecting to 7-8 dark blotches; a row of 3 (2-4) conspicuous round spots along side of belly; 1st dorsal fin spines with 1-4 horizontal lines of dark spots across fin, or with 1 broad, dark horizontal stripe across middle of fin; 2nd dorsal fin with thin dark stripes and yellowish outer edge; tail fin with 2-3 small dark blotches on its base and thin dark bars on its outer part.

Reaches 7.5 cm.

Depth: 0-3 m.

Habitat: shallow rocky habitats, reef crests and tide pools, in exposed areas.

Distribution: Bermuda to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • 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
  • 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
  • Insular primarily
  • 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
  • 7.5
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 3