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Species: Gobiosoma chiquita, Sonora goby

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flank: row 8-10 dark spots
white spots: head, body & C
no head barbels

Gobiosoma chiquita (Jenkins & Evermann, 1889)

Sonora goby

Body robust; head rounded, broader than deep; snout blunt; mandibular papilla rows parallel; no teeth on sides of roof of mouth; tongue round to blunt; head without barbells; front nostril tubular, rear with raised rim; dorsal fin VII (first 2 dorsal spines of males typically prolonged) + I, 10 (9-11) rays; anal I, 9 (8-10) rays; pectoral rays 18-21 (usually 19-20); pelvics fused in disc;  body scales large, rough,  scales of middle of side extending forward from caudal fin base to pectoral fin axil, dorsally the scales extending forward to level between base of 4th-6th dorsal spines; head scaleless.

Brown to grey with small white spots on cheek, operculum, and body and tail fin; a series of diffuse white bars (sometimes fragmented) on side of body; 8-10 small blackish spots along middle of side; a blackish patch just behind cheek; dorsal fins and especially caudal fin with small white spots.

Size: grows to 7.5 cm.

Habitat: common on sand bottoms of tide pools and rocky reefs.

Depth: to 10 m.

Gulf of California.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Rocks
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Data
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent only
  • Cortez province endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 7.5
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10