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Species: Chriolepis zebra, Gecko goby

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head flattened
white + black bars: nape 3, body ~ 7, C ~ 5
D2 9-10; A 8-9
scales: rear body only, 4 large, rough on C base

Chriolepis zebra Ginsburg, 1938

Gecko Goby

Body elongate; head flattened; eyes large, close together on top of head; head without pores; papillae on most parts of head and nape; front nostril larger than rear nostril, both are long tubes; mouth slightly oblique, lower jaw slightly projecting; tongue broad, tip deeply indented; dorsal fin VII (none elongated) + I, 9-10; I, 8-9 anal fin rays, pectoral fins 17-19, fin short; pelvic finsI,5, completely separate, without front frenum, without membrane joining inner rays, rays 1-4 branched, without flattened or fleshy tips; tail fin broadly rounded; scales present only on posterior half of body, anterior scales small, smooth, and embedded, becoming larger and rough posteriorly; four rough scales on caudal fin base, the upper and lower with excessively long edge-teeth.

White with 8-9 dark brown, pale-centered bars on body + head and 3 brown bands radiating from eye; caudal fin with about 5 brown cross bars, including one at base.

Size: attains 4.4 cm.

Inhabits sand and rubble among rocks.

Depth: 2-30 m.

The Gulf of California.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Sand & gravel
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Rocks
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • TEP endemic
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Continent only
  • Continent
  • Cortez + Mexican provinces endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 4.4
Depth Range Min
  • 2
Depth Range Max
  • 30