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Species: Psilotris laurae, Thin-barred Goby

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head & body white + thin orange bars
C: 2-4 orange bars
D2 9; A 8
no scales
pectoral bicolored: orange & white

Psilotris laurae Van Tassell, Tornabene & Baldwin, 2016

Thin-barred Goby

Body slightly compressed; head rounded; no head pores; front nostril tubular, rear nostril a raised rim or short tube; teeth at front of mouth in several rows, outer row enlarged; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VII (I-IV a little elongate) + I, 9; length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 8; pectoral 18, elongate, pointed, extends to 3rd anal ray; pelvic fins I, 5 completely separate, no frenum between spines or membrane connecting inner rays, rays 1-4 branched once, without fleshy or flattened tips, 5th ray unbranched, ¼ length of 4th, fins extend ¾ way to anus; tail fin rounded; scales absent; no lateral line.

Head and body translucent white, with various thin brownish-orange bars: head with 4 bars, 1 across top well behind eyes, that continues as an oblique bar through eye to front of lower jaw, a bar between eyes, an oblique bar from eye to middle of edge of preopercle, a bar across nape to upper edge of pectoral base; body with 4 long vertical bars, one under 1st dorsal fin, 2 under 2nd dorsal, one down center of tail base; fins translucent white, with broad bright white borders; 1st dorsal with 3 oblique orange-brown stripes, outer stripe broad; 2nd dorsal with 5 oblique orange brown stripes; tail fin with 2-4 vertical orange brown bars, lower 1/5 of fin yellow, with a black margin; anal fin translucent, with blackish margin; pectoral fin white, top 1/3 brownish orange, that color joins bar across nape.

Reaches at least 3.6 cm

Lives on rubble bottoms

Depth range 114-250 m

Known only from Curacao and Bonaire, southern Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • 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 endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Antilles endemic
  • Caribbean endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.6
Depth Range Min
  • 114
Depth Range Max
  • 250