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Species: Lythrypnus pulchellus, Gorgeous goby

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cheek: no brown spots
orange + narrow blue bars: 4 head, 11-14 body
C: rays spotted
pectoral 17-18

Lythrypnus pulchellus

Gorgeous goby

Body robust; head round; no fleshy crest along top of head and nape; mouth very oblique; head without pores; papillae around mouth, on cheeks and operculum and over eye; front nostril a long tube, rear nostril a raised rim; tongue round to blunt; 5-7 gill rakers; dorsal fin VI (1st  spine filamentous in male) + I, 11 (10-12) rays; I, 9 (8-9) anal rays; 18 (17-20) pectoral rays, rays unbranched; pelvics fused into disc; tail fin short, round, with 17 segmented rays; scales rough, body covered, none on head, nape, chest and pectoral base.

Head and body brownish orange;  head with 4 narrow bluish-grey bars, without dark spots in orange area on cheek and opercle; body with 13 (11-14)  narrow blue-grey bars, each of those with a central thin dark line; tail fin with vertical rows of small brown spots forming 7 bars.

Size: grows to 4.5 cm.

Inhabits rocky reefs.

Depth: 2-70 m.

The Gulf of California  and the Revillagigedos.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Corals
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Planktivore
  • No Data
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 4.5
Depth Range Min
  • 2
Depth Range Max
  • 70