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Species: Barbulifer pantherinus, Panther bearded-goby

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short barbels: under eye 2, lower jaw 6-12
tan + dense brown spots & black dots
pectoral base: black blotch

Barbulifer pantherinus (Pellegrin, 1901)

Panther bearded-goby

Body depressed; head robust, depressed;  underside of head with 6-12 short (less than pupil diameter) barbels; 2 short barbels under eye; no median barbel at tip of snout; 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, 10-11; 8-10 anal rays; 17-20 pectoral rays; pelvics fused into a disc; tail round; no scales.

Light tan or cream colored with numerous brown spots on side;  a prominent black bar or blotch on base of pectoral fin; fins often with faint brown spotting.

Size: reaches 5.2 cm.

Inhabits rocky shores from the intertidal zone down.

Depth: intertidal to 32m.

Western and NE Gulf of California.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Cortez province endemic
  • Continent only
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Data deficient
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 5.2
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 32