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Species: Microgobius tabogensis, Taboga goby

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nape crest in female
both sexes: long D spines
base D1 dark spots
blue spots: flank 3-5, belly 2-3
C: central red & yellow stripe

Microgobius tabogensis Meek & Hildebrand, 1928

Taboga goby

Head and body compressed; fleshy nape crest absent in male, well developed in female; 2-3 pores on preopercle; mouth large, nearly vertical; tip of tongue divided; dorsal fin VII (in both sexes spines II-V long, extending to mid soft dorsal in male spines) + I, 16-18 rays; anal I, 16-18 rays; pectoral fin 19-23 rays; tail fin long, pointed; pelvics fused to form disc; scales on body from pectoral axil rearwards, patch of rough scales on flank behind base of pectoral fin, remaining scales smooth to almost entirely rough, in 46-56 lateral rows; head, nape, breast, belly, and base of pectoral fin scaleless.

Both sexes mid-brown; lower head with 2 blue stripes, the upper one extending under eye; a blue bar on rear edge of operculum; a prominent dark blotch on back immediately under spinous dorsal; side of body behind this blotch with 3-5 blue bars or pairs of large blue spots; belly with  row of 2-3 blue spots; base of pectoral with 1-2 blue spots; orange areas between and around blue bars/spots on head and body; chin, lower chest and pelvic fins blackish; inner part of second dorsal with two rows of orange spots separated by a blue stripe; tail fin with a red central stripe and a yellow stripe immediately below, several brown spots on upper margin and a yellow lower margin. Male: first dorsal fin with 1-2 rows of brown spots near its base, filamentous spines dark; anal fin dusky with a pale margin. Female: first dorsal dusky with 3 intense dark spots; anal dusky with a broad median clear stripe.

Size: 7 cm.

Habitat: mangroves with muddy sand bottoms.

Depth: 0-6 m.

Lower Baja California to Ecuador.

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  • Freshwater
  • Brackish
  • Non Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
  • Freshwater
  • Mangrove
  • Estuary
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Pelagic fish larvae
  • Zooplankton
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • All species
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic
  • Continent only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 7
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 6