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Species: Barbulifer mexicanus, Mexican bearded-goby, Saddlebanded goby

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long barbels: snout 1, under eye 2, lower jaw 8
white + 5 dark bars
pectoral base - black bar

Barbulifer mexicanus Hoese & Larsen, 1985

Saddlebanded goby, Mexican bearded-goby

Body depressed; head robust, depressed; head with ~ 30 large (> eye diameter) barbels, including 1 median barbel at tip of snout; 2 large barbels under eye; 8 barbels along and behind lower jaw; front of tongue with 2 lobes; front nostril tubular, points forward, rear nostril tubular, points up; pores on head, including preopercle; gill opening small to a shallow S slit along base of pectoral; dorsal fin VII + I, 8-9; 7-8 anal rays; 18-20 pectoral rays; pelvics fused into a disc; tail round; no scales.

Tan or white, with; 4-5 thick dark bars on body, from nape to base of tail fin; narrow brown bar on nape above preopercle; dark bar on pectoral base; dark bar obliquely from eye down across operculum; fins clear.

Size: 3.5 cm.

Habitat: rocky shores.

Depth: 0-20 m?

The tip of Baja, Tres Marias Islands to central Mexico.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Benthic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • Cortez + Mexican provinces endemic
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Data deficient
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.5
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 20