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Genus: Cryptopsilotris, Toadfish Goby

All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

dark above, pale below
side head dark oblique stripe
D1 8-9; A 6-7
C: dark C bar
D1&2: dark oblique bars
pelvics completely separate, short
no scales



Body slightly compressed; head rounded; a central fleshy low ridge on the snout between the nostrils; both nostrils tubular, rear shorter than front; no head pores; top jaw ends before middle of pupil; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VII (rarely V or VI) none elongate; + I, 8-9; length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 6-7; pelvic fins I,5, fins completely separate, lack frenum between front spines no membrane between innermost rays, rays 1-4 branched, without flattened or fleshy tips, reaching no further than half way to anus; tail fin rounded; no scales; no lateral line; upper body dark brown, lower body pale with dark spots; a dark oblique band from eye to preopercle; 1st dorsal with a wide dark, diagonal stripe; 2nd dorsal with 2 wide dark diagonal stripes; tail fin with a dark crescent at base.

A genus with a single species that is endemic to the Caribbean.