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Species: Parrella lucretiae, Lucretia's goby, Maculated goby

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head depressed, no scales
wide between eyes
D1 yellow stripe under black rear spot
D2 I, 9-12
flank: 6 diffuse bars
C base - diffuse black spot
mouth to mid-eye
pectoral 17, base - black blotch
A I, 11-12
A & lower C: white borders

Parrella lucretiae (Eigenmann & Eigenmann, 1888)

Maculated goby, Lucretia's goby

Body slender, compressed; head depressed, wide between eyes; mouth long (reaching to 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 (spines not reaching origin of second dorsal) + I, 9-12 rays; anal I, 11-12 rays; pectoral fin 17, long, pointed; pelvics fused in disc; tail fin long (about 43% of SL), bluntly pointed, 10-13 rays; scales mostly rough, large (28-34 on side); body scaled behind level of origin of spiny dorsal; head scaleless.

Head and back brown, whitish on sides; operculum with a dark blotch; scales of body with narrow blackish margins; 4-6 diffuse blackish bars on side and large diffuse blackish spot at base of caudal fin; a large prominent black spot on upper half of pectoral fin base; 1st dorsal with dark base, yellow central stripe,  a black spot at rear above yellow stripe; 2nd dorsal with dark base, yellow central stripe, pale edge; lower margin of tail and anal fins white.

Size: to at least 7 cm.

Inhabits shallow bays and estuaries.

Depth: 1-10 m.

El Salvador to Panama.

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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Estuary
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mangrove
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Benthic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Panamic province endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • All species
  • TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 7
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 10