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Species: Chriolepis species A, Wavy barred goby

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head rounded
eyes on top, together
female: bars on body
male uniform
C 7-9 thin dark bars
top jaw not reaching mid pupil
pelvics long: past anus
pectoral 15-17

Chriolepis species A

Wavy Barred Goby

Body robust; head broad, plump, rounded; eyes raised on top of head, close together; head without pores; papillae on most parts of head and nape; front nostril larger than rear nostril, front one a narrow tube, rear one lower and wider; mouth slightly oblique, lower jaw slightly projecting, top jaw not reaching under mid-pupil; tongue broad, front straight; gill rakers short, 8-9; dorsal fin VII (none elongated) + I, 10 (10-11); I, 10 (9-10) anal fin rays, pectoral fins long, reaching past anus, with 15-17 (usually 16); pelvic fins I,5, completely separate, without front frenum, without membrane joining inner rays, rays 1-4 branched, without flattened or fleshy tips, fin long (reaching past anus, sometimes to anal fin); tail fin rounded; scales on almost all of body, 24-29 rows, large and rough on base of tail, smaller and smooth at front of body.

Color (preserved fish): light brown to yellowish. Female: body with 6-7 dark bars that have darker wavy edges that reach onto dorsal fin; two bars across top of head; 3 lines radiate from eye - up to rear, down to rear, straight down; a thin dark margin to anal fin; pelvics and pectorals clear; tail with 7-9 distinct very thin dark bars, ones on base of fin are crescent shaped. Male: uniform, without any of bars or dark anal margin.

Size: reaches 2.4 cm.

Habitat: cobble and sand bottom.

Depth: 13-35 m.

Known only from the western Gulf of California.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Rocks
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent only
  • Cortez province endemic
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 2.4
Depth Range Min
  • 13
Depth Range Max
  • 35