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Species: Chriolepis lepidota, Pretty goby

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dark spots: head & body, pectoral base - 2
bars: body ~ 6 , C base 1
D2 10; A 9
Ds - thin stripes
pelvic ray 5 >3/4 ray 4, fin not to anus
body scales to under D1 origin

Chriolepis lepidota Findley, 1975

Pretty Goby

Body compressed; head broad, rounded; 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; I,9 anal fin rays, pectoral 20 rays; pelvic fins 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 behind level under origin of 1st dorsal, in 34-35 lateral rows; 4 large, very rough scales on base of tail fin.

Tan; prominent small black spots scattered over head, body and dorsal fins; 2 black spots on pectoral base; brown bars under eye, on head, on nape; 5 brown bars on body, forming saddles on top of back; dark bar at base of tail fin, plus 3-4 faint bars on outer part of fin; 1st dorsal fin with 3 thin dark stripes, 2nd with 4-5 oblique dark lines; anal fin with dark margin; pelvics dark.

Size: 4 cm.

Habitat: rubble and sand.

Depth: 10-30 m.

Endemic to Isla Malpelo, Colombia.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Island (s)
  • TEP endemic
  • TEP oceanic island (s) endemic
  • Malpelo Island endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Vulnerable
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 4
Depth Range Min
  • 10
Depth Range Max
  • 30