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Species: Tigrigobius inornatus, Inornate goby

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head orange + 3 white bars
body yellow + 5 wide internal brown bars
pectoral 19

Tigrigobius inornatus Bussing, 1990

Inornate goby

Elongate; head  depressed; 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; gill rakers 6 (5-7); dorsal VII (1st spine filamentous in both sexes, longer in male)+ I, 10 (9-10); anal rays I, 9 (8-9); pectoral rays 19 (18-21); pelvic fins fused in a disc; tail rounded; no scales.

Head orange-red or pinkish, with 3 white bars; an additional white bar at level of pectoral fin base; body translucent yellow with 5 broad, internal brown bars, pale interspaces narrower; tail fin yellow..

Size: to 3.3 cm.

Inhabits coral and rocky reefs.

Depth: 5-30 m.

Costa Rica to Colombia.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Ectoparasite cleaner
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Ectoparasites
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Panamic province endemic
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • All species
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent only
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.3
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 30