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Species: Chriolepis dialepta, White-starred goby

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head pink + white dots
body: white saddles and short bars
D2 10-11; A 9
C base - dark bar
pelvic ray 5 >3/4 ray 4, fin not to anus
pectoral 19-21
body scales to under center D1

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 19-21 (rarely 17 or 22) rays; pelvic fins I,5, completely separate, without front frenum, without membrane joining inner rays, rays 1-4 branched, without flattened or fleshy tips, 5th ray at least 3/4 length of 4th ray, fin not reaching anus; 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
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Rocks
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • TEP endemic
  • Island (s) only
  • Cocos Island endemic
  • TEP oceanic island (s) endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Vulnerable
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 5
Depth Range Min
  • 2
Depth Range Max
  • 30