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Species: Elacatinus cayman, Cayman goby, Cayman cleaner goby

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snout: yellow V joins side stripes to C
flank: pale blue stripes above & below thin yellow stripe
Cayman Is
mouth distinctly under pointed snout
top lip not fused to snout

Elacatinus cayman Victor, 2014

Cayman cleaner goby

Elongate; head compressed; a pore midway between front of the two eyes; 2 pores on preopercle; snout pointed, shark-like with mouth underneath; upper lip not connected to snout; teeth in upper jaw conical, no enlarged canines; tongue tip emarginated; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VII + I, 12 (11-12); length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 11 (10-11);  pectoral fins 16-17; pelvic fins I, 5, disk complete; tail rounded; no scales; no lateral line.

Black upper head and body; a pale line along dorsal midline of nape; a bright yellow V across snout continues back as narrow yellow stripe along mid-side, bordered above and below by pale blue behind the pectoral, extending onto tail fin.

Reaches 2.8 cm.

Habitat: Coral heads, rock rubble and large sponges.

Depth: 1-50 m.

Known only from the Cayman Is.

Note: Similar to E. evelynae.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Corals
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
  • Sponges
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Ectoparasite cleaner
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Planktivore
Diet
  • Ectoparasites
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Zooplankton
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC endemic
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Endangered
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 2.8
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 50