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Species: Chriolepis minutilla, Rubble goby

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male: D spines long, side head with light spots
D2 10-11; A 9
scales tail base & C only
belly - black dots
pectoral base dark, 13-16
A black

Chriolepis minutilla Gilbert, 1892

Rubble 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 (large males with greatly elongate first two dorsal spines) + I, 10-11; I, 9 anal fin rays, pectoral 13-16 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; only scales present are 2-13 slightly rough, embedded scales on side of tail base, and 4 enlarged rough scales on base of caudal fin.

Brown to orange brown with blackish anal fin; base of pectoral fin dark brown; male with light spots on head; chest and belly with black dots.

Size: attains 3.2 cm.

Inhabits sand-rubble bottoms

Depth: 10-45 m.

Western Gulf of California.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Cortez province endemic
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.2
Depth Range Min
  • 10
Depth Range Max
  • 45