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Genus: Lythrypnus, Gobies, Goby

All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

head round, no pores, + papillae
body: strong narrow bars
C: round, short
gill openings narrow
pelvics = cup
scales rough, none on head



Body compressed, a little deep; head profile round; head without pores; papillae around mouth, on cheeks and operculum and over eye; front nostril a long tube, rear nostril a raised rim; mouth very oblique; tongue round to blunt; gill opening narrow, ~pectoral base; 5-7 gill rakers; gill membranes with 5 rays; dorsal fin VI + I, 8-17 rays; length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; pectoral rays unbranched; pelvic fins I, 5, fused into disc; tail fin short, round, with 17 segmented rays; scales rough, body scaled except for chest and pectoral base, 22-30 rows on body, none on head and nape; no lateral line; body with thin, obvious dark bars.

A new world tropical to warm temperate genus with about 20 species; nine endemics are found in our area.