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Species: Tigrigobius nesiotes, Broken-back cleaner-goby

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head: red + 3 white bars
body: 10 external bars over 5 internal bars
pectoral 18

Tigrigobius nesiotes Bussing, 1990

Broken-back cleaner-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 (6-7); dorsal VII (1st spine filamentous in both sexes, longer in male)+ I, 10 (9-10);  anal rays I, 9 (8-10); pectoral rays 18 (17-19); pelvic fins fused in a disc; tail rounded; no scales.

Head red above, orange on sides, yellow below, with 3 narrow, white brown-edged bars; body white with ~5 pairs of wide dark-edged orange-brown superficial bars, some forking below, each pair of bars overlaying a large internal dark blotch; dorsal fins with dark streaks in middle; tail and anal dark brown; pelvics and pectorals pale.

Size: 3 cm.

Habitat: rocky shores.

Depth: 5-30 m.

Known only from Isla del Coco, the Galapagos and Gorgona Island (Colombia).

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Ectoparasite cleaner
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • No Data
  • Ectoparasites
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Island (s)
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Multiple oceanic islands endemic
  • Continent
  • TEP oceanic island (s) endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Vulnerable
  • Not listed
Depth Range Max
  • 30
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Length Max
  • 3