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Species: Chriolepis dialepta, White-starred goby

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head pink + white dots
body: white saddles and short bars
C base - dark bar

Chriolepis dialepta Bussing, 1990

White-starred goby

Body compressed; head broad, somewhat flattened; head without pores; papillae on most parts of head and nape; front nostril larger than rear nostril, both tubular; mouth slightly oblique, lower jaw slightly projecting; tongue broad, front straight; dorsal fin VII (none filamentous) + I, 10 (10-11);   I, 9 anal fin rays, pectoral 17-22 rays; pelvic fins completely separate, with branched rays; tail fin rounded; body scaled from level of middle of spiny dorsal rearwards, small and smooth at front, larger and rough at rear, 27-29 rows, 4 large rough scales on base of tail fin.

Head reddish with small star-shaped white dots; about 6 irregular white bars along flank, and ~ 6 white saddles on back; tail fin with dark bar at base; spinous dorsal with inner black band; soft dorsal with 5 oblique rows of black spots; anal fin with black outer stripe.

Size: 5 cm.

Habitat: rubble and sand bottoms.

Depth: 2-30 m.

Endemic to Cocos Island.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Cocos Island endemic
  • TEP oceanic island (s) endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • TEP endemic
  • Island (s) only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Vulnerable
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 5
Depth Range Min
  • 2
Depth Range Max
  • 30