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Species: Tigrigobius digueti, Banded cleaner-goby

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head: red bars
body: external dark bars - thin, wavy

Tigrigobius digueti (Pellegrin, 1901)


Banded cleaner-goby


Elongate; head rounded; upper lip connected to snout at front; a pore midway between front of the two eyes; 2 pores on preopercle; no teeth on roof of mouth; tongue with blunt tip; dorsal VII (fin elongate in both sexes) + I,  10 (9-11); anal rays I, 9 (8-10); pectoral rays 18-20 (usually 19); pelvic fins fused in a disc; tail rounded; no scales.

Head translucent with 3-4 red bars; body translucent yellow with narrow wavy blackish bars that are narrower than the pale interspaces; dark internal blotches along mid-line of body.

Size: grows to 3.2 cm.

Inhabits coral and rocky reefs. Cleans parasites from the surface of other fishes.

Depth: 1-30 m.

Central Gulf of California to central Mexico.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Corals
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Ectoparasite cleaner
  • Ectoparasites
  • Sessile worms
  • Data
  • Sessile crustacea
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continent only
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • Cortez + Mexican provinces endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.2
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 30