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Species: Microgobius miraflorensis, Miraflores goby

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no nape crest
D1: long spines in male
flank - narrow short dark bars
D2: 3 rows orange spots
A margin & lower C margin orange

Microgobius miraflorensis Gilbert & Starks, 1904

Miraflores Goby

Head and body compressed; fleshy nape crest absent in both sexes; 2-3 pores on preopercle; mouth large, nearly vertical; tip of tongue divided; dorsal fin VII (spines II-VI produced into filaments that may reach as far as tail fin base in males, those of females only slightly produced) + I, 16 (15-17) rays; anal I, 15-17 rays; pectoral fin 20-23 rays; tail fin long, pointed, ~ 37% of SL; pelvics fused to form disc; midlateral scales 40-48; scales mainly rough; head, nape, breast, belly, and base of pectoral fin scaleless.

Light tan to nearly whitish with yellow tones on upper head and on rear of belly; a narrow faint dark bar below front of spinous dorsal fin and several faint, narrow brown bars usually evident on side; second dorsal fin with 3 rows of orange spots; tail fin with orange spots and orange lower margin; anal fin with orange margin; pelvics silvery white.

Size: attains 5.4 cm.

Inhabits sand, silt, or mud bottoms of estuaries, and tidal creeks.

Depth: 0-6 m.

Fhe E Gulf of California to northern Peru.

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  • Brackish
  • Non Marine
  • Freshwater
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Estuary
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mangrove
  • Freshwater
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Planktivore
  • Zooplankton
  • Pelagic fish eggs
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 5.4
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 6