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Species: Psilotris vantasselli, Clementine Split-fin Goby

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head 5 yellow bars
body 8 yellow bars with orange center spot
pelvics separate, rays -no flat/fleshy tips
C base: 2 large, rough scales
body no scales

Psilotris vantasselli Tornabene & Baldwin, 2019

Clementine Split-fin Goby

Body slightly compressed; head rounded; snout length 5.3-7.3% of SL; no fleshy ridge between the nostrils; no head pores; eyes large, high on side of head, very narrow between them; front nostril a tube, rear a hole with a raised rim; mouth opens at front, upturned; teeth in both jaws a single row of tightly packed uniformly spaced canines, becoming 2 rows at front; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VII, none elongate, + I, 8-9; length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 8; pectoral fins 15-16; pelvic fins I, 5, completely separate, no frenum between spines or membrane connecting inner rays, rays 1-4 branched, without fleshy or flattened tips 5th ray unbranched, small, tightly bound to 4th ray; no scales on body, base of tail fin with a large rough scale at the top and bottom edge; no lateral line.

Adults translucent white; head with five yellow bars and a yellow blotch at rear of nape: three under eye, first angled forwards through rear of mouth, two down operculum behind eye, a yellow stripe along center of snout; body with 8 long, narrow vertical bars, 2 under 1st dorsal, 1 just behind 1st dorsal, 3 (Y shaped) under soft dorsal, one down tail base, last one down base of tail fin, most of those yellow bars with an obvious orange spot at midbody; centerline of flank with a series of 5 internal white dashes; first and second dorsal fins and anal fin translucent yellow with broad pale whitish outer margins; tail fin translutent white with two yellow bars in midfin, those fusing on lower half of fin; pelvic fins white; pectoral fins clear.

Reaches: 3.3 cm.

Habitat: coral and rocky habitats.

Depth range: 16-159 m.

The Bahamas and the ABC islands in the southern Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • Sand & gravel
  • 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
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.3
Depth Range Min
  • 16
Depth Range Max
  • 159