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Species: Eleotrica cableae, Cable goby, Marbled goby

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head flat, eyes on top
upper head pores with flaps
head & body - white spots
flank - dark dashes
cirri - rear of top lip
rear opercle - dark bar



Eleotrica cableae Ginsburg, 1933

Marbled goby, Cable goby

Head flattened, with eyes on top; 5 head pores with fleshy flaps at margin, none on preopercle; rear nostril longer than front nostril; fringe of cirri above rear of top lip; tongue slightly notched at front; dorsal fin VII + I, 9-11; anal rays I, 10; pectoral rays 18-19; pelvic fins I, 5, separate except for inner rays being connected at their base by a low ridge; large fish without scales, small individuals with 2 or 4 imbedded, very rough scales at base of tail fin.

Brown to nearly white; head with small white spots; body with larger white spots and sometimes blotches or wavy vertical lines;  a short dark bar on lower part of edge of gill cover; males  with midlateral row of double brown spots and oblique dark stripes on dorsal fins.

Size: to 7 cm.

Inhabits sand-rubble adjacent to rocky reefs.

Depth: 1-5 m.

Galapagos Islands.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Sand & gravel
  • Rocks
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef and soft bottom
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s) only
  • Galapagos Islands endemic
  • Island (s)
  • TEP oceanic island (s) endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Vulnerable
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 7
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 5