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Species: Evermannia longipinnis, Big-headed goby, Enigmatic goby

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yellow-brown, back dotted
D IV-V + I, 16-17
D fine stripes
C: cream/clear + fine bars
shoulder: no flaps
no scales

Evermannia longipinnis (Steindachner, 1879)

Enigmatic goby, Big-headed goby

Body slender, elongate; head long, depressed; 1 pore between eyes; papillae on cheek and gill cover; top jaw extends well past eye; dorsal fin IV-V (1st  spine not elongate in male) + I, 16-17, both fins low, separated by about length of mouth, 1st  dorsal with round border, 2nd  dorsal long base, straight border; anal 16-17 rays; no flexible skin flap on shoulder in front of base of pectoral fin; tail fin long, rounded; no scales.

Head light brown; body brownish yellow; upper head and body with scattered small brown spots and streaks; dorsal fins finely striped; tail clear or translucent cream with fine curved bars.

Size: 3.8 cm

Habitat: live in holes in intertidal mud and sand.

Depth: 0-3 m.

W and central E Gulf of California.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Estuary
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent only
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • Cortez province endemic
  • All species
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Data deficient
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.8
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 3