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Species: Chriolepis species B, Orange-headed goby

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eyes on top, together
body: broken bars, orange spots
C: black membranes, white rays, base & margin yellow
mouth reaches past eye

Chriolepis species B

Orange-headed goby

Body robust; head broad, 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, both are long tubes; mouth slightly oblique, lower jaw slightly projecting, reaches past eye; tongue broad, front straight; gill rakers short, 7-11; dorsal fin VII (none elongated) + I, 10 (10-11); I, 10 anal fin rays, pectoral fins 17-19; pelvic fins I,5,  completely separate, without front frenum, without membrane joining inner rays, rays 1-4 branched, without flattened or fleshy tips,, fin short, not reaching anus; tail fin long (~ 29% of LS), tapering to a narrow rounded tip; body scaled rear wards of between two dorsal fin, 17-25 irregular longitudinal rows, scales rough, smaller and more imbedded at front, scales on base of tail fin not enlarged.
Head and body light tan; lower head orangish, orange spots lower on body; light brown blotches forming broken bars on body, prominent below mid-side; dorsal fins translucent, first with 2 oblique spotted orange lines, second fin with 3 such lines; pectoral fin dusky, with orange edge to lower base; pelvic with black base, white elsewhere; anal fin black, with white border; tail fin with black longitudinal lines on membranes and white rays, with a semicircular orange-yellow blotch on its base, its tip yellowish.
Size: to 4.8 cm.
Habitat: on cobble and sand bottoms.
Depth: 12-55 m.
Known only from the central Gulf of California.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Rocks
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Cortez province endemic
  • Continent only
  • TEP endemic
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 4.8
Depth Range Min
  • 12
Depth Range Max
  • 55