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Species: Tigrigobius limbaughi, Wide-banded cleaner-goby

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red bars on front, brown bars at rear
head & body - thin, straight pale bars

Tigrigobius limbaughi Hoese & Reader, 2001

Wide-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 dorsal VII (1st  spine filamentous in male) + I, 10 (9-10); anal rays I, 9 (7-10); pectoral rays 20-21; pelvic fins fused in a disc; tail rounded; no scales.

Head and anterior part of body red orange grading to dark brown posteriorly; head with 3 narrow pink to whitish bars, 9-10 straight narrow white bars on body.

Size: reaches 3.4 cm.

Inhabits rocky reefs, cleans parasites from other fishes (frequently moray eels).

Depth: 5-30 m?

Central Gulf of California to central Mexico.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Ectoparasite cleaner
  • Sessile crustacea
  • Data
  • Sessile worms
  • Ectoparasites
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Cortez + Mexican provinces endemic
  • All species
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.4
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 30