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Species: Palatogobius incendius, Ember goby

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eyes 7-9% SL
snout 3.8-4.4% SL
yellow stripe along body
Ds: orange outer edge
C: central yellow stripe
C blunt, central rays elongate
vomer without teeth
pelvics fully joined, with front membrane
D2 114-16; A 14-16; pectoral 18-20
scales usually absent

Palatogobius incendius  Tornabene, Robertson & Baldwin 2017

Ember goby

Body elongate, slender, slightly compressed; eyes large (7.2-9% SL); snout very short (3.8-4.4% SL); 2 pairs of pore before front edge of eye, 1 pair between them, 1 pair behind rear edge of eyes, 1 pore before each eye, 2 pores behind each eye;  mouth  very oblique ending under front edge of pupil; front of roof of mouth without teeth;  top jaws with outer row of large, pointed in-curved teeth on premaxilla, another row of similar smaller teeth inside that; lower jaw with two rows large, pointed in-curved teeth at front, a smaller inner row at rear; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VII, (flexible, none elongated) + I, 14-16; length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin long based, I, 14-17; pectoral fins 18-20; pelvic fins I, 5, completely united, WITH a frenum between front spines; tail fin blunt to slightly bilobed, large males with  central 3 rays elongate; body without scales (except occasionally 2-3 large, smooth scales on tail-fin base); no lateral line.  

Head & body translucent; head with yellow to orange patches on snout, under eye and on nape, pink wash on chest and belly; iris with  yellow stripe through center;  body with bright yellow internal stripe along spinal column, sometimes with 2 narrower additional stripes; dorsal fins translucent, outer edges with orange stripe; anal fin translucent; tail fin translucent, with yellow central stripe to end of fin; pelvics translucent, with a yellow wash.

Reaches: ~2.7 cm.

Habitat: rocky slopes, sand and rubble; forms large schools.

Depth: 88-205 m.

NE, NW and S Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Bottom
  • Corals
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Water column
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • All species.
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s) only
  • GC endemic
  • Caribbean endemic
  • All species..
  • Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 2.7
Depth Range Min
  • 88
Depth Range Max
  • 205