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Species: Parrella fusca, Dark goby

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head depressed
wide between eyes
D2 I, 13; A I, 13
flank- 4 dark bars
C base - no dark blotch
mouth reaches mid-eye
pectoral 20, base - dark spot

Parrella fusca Ginsburg, 1939

Dark goby

Body slender, compressed; head flattened, wide between eyes; mouth long (reaching under mid-eye) oblique at front, horizontal at rear; tip of tongue forked; teeth in bands, without canines; well developed pores and papillae on head; 1st  dorsal VII (longest spine not reaching origin of second dorsal) + I, 13 rays; anal I, 13 rays; pectoral fin 20, long, pointed; pelvics fused in disc; tail fin long (about ½ SL), rounded or pointed, 10-13 rays; scales mostly smooth, large (28-38 on side), present only behind pectoral base.

Dark brown with pale mottling, paler ventrally; flank with 4 dark bars; a dark spot on the lower half of the base of the pectoral fin; tail fin base without dark spot.

Size: 6 cm.

Habitat: soft bottoms.

Depth: 1-10 m.

Gulf of Panama.

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  • Non Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • TEP endemic
  • Panamic province endemic
  • All species
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Data deficient
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 6
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 10