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Species: Bollmannia chlamydes, Orangespotted goby

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D1: dark spot rear base, spines short
D2 - 2 rows orange spots
C: fin dark, weak dark blotch
top lip: no black line
pelvic & A: blackish

Bollmannia chlamydes Jordan in Jordan & Bollman, 1890

Orangespotted Goby

Head & body compressed, head rounded; mouth large, very oblique; teeth in several rows; dorsal fin VII (spines short) + I, 13-14; anal I, 12-13; pectoral rays 21-23; pelvics fused to form disc, front margin of disc scalloped; tail fin long (30-50% of SL), strongly pointed; scales large (25-28 rows along body), rough; a few large scales on cheek & operculum, and on nape; 8 scales before dorsal fin (extending forward to eyes); large scales also present on cheek and upper half of opercle; medium to large scales on base of pectoral fin.

Pale tan or whitish, sometimes with faint yellowish- brown bars on side; lower edge of opercular membrane and isthmus dark brown; top lip without black line: a black spot at rear of base of 1st dorsal fin; 2nd dorsal fin with 2 rows large orange spots; a diffuse brown spot at middle of caudal fin base; ovate orange spots on dorsal fin and uppermost part of caudal fin; lower part of caudal fin with orange stripe; pelvic and anal fins blackish.

Maximum size, 13 cm.

Inhabits sand or mud bottoms, commonly caught by trawlers in Panama Bay

Depth: 10-120 m.

Nicaragua to northern Peru.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Planktivore
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Benthic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent only
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Panamic province endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 13
Depth Range Min
  • 10
Depth Range Max
  • 120