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Species: Pinnichthys saurimimica, Lizardfish Goby

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white; flank - 4 oval yellow-brown blotches
back double yellow bars
eye yellow
D2 11; A 11
Ds & C white; A & Pv grey + black edge
lateral scales 47-53, start under pectoral
Pelvics separate, rays branched, reach anus

Pinnichthys saurimimica Gilmore, Van Tassell & Tornabene, 2016

Lizardfish Goby

Body compressed; anterior and posterior nostrils tubular; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VII (none filamentous) + I, 11; length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 11; pelvic fins I, 5, completely separate, rays 1-4 branched 2-4 times, without flattened, fleshy tips, 4th reaching to anus, 5th ray not branched, ¾ length of 4th, 4th ray reaching ¾ distance to anus; tail fin oval; scales mainly rough, cover from beneath pectoral fin to tail fin base, in lateral series 47-53; with large rough scales on base of tail fin; no scales on center and front of abdomen; no scales from rear end of 1st dorsal base to upper pectoral base; no lateral line.

Head and body ground color white; 4 large oval yellow-brown, dark-centered blotches along center of flank from under 1st dorsal to end of tail base; 3 short, paler yellow-brown double bars across upper midline, 1 under 1st dorsal, 2 under 2nd dorsal, those positioned between flank blotches; a yellow saddle on upper tail base; 3 yellow bars across nape, the front 2 curving forwards on the side of the head; yellow spots below eye and on preoperculum; iris yellow; dorsal and tail fins white, anal fin and pelvics with grey base, black edges

Reaches at least 6.7 cm

Lives on sand and rubble.

Depth range 282 m

Known from a single specimen taken in the Bahamas.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • 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 endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Bahamas endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 6.7
Depth Range Min
Depth Range Max
  • 282