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Species: Gobionellus daguae, Choco goby

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flank: short bars
cheek: 2 dark stripes
pectoral base: large black spot
28-35 lateral scales

Gobionellus daguae (Eigenmann, 1918)

Choco Goby

Elongate, compressed; head a little compressed, snout broadly rounded; mouth opens at front, horizontal, ends under front edge of pupil; teeth on both jaws fine and numerous, 1-3 rows on top jaw (inner row may be strongly curved), 2-3 rows on bottom jaw, no large canines near front of bottom jaw; front nostril tubular; rear nostril a pit; eyes large, high on sides of head; between eyes narrow; preopercle canal with 3 pores; a single pore between eyes; 6-7 + 7-8 triangular gill rakers with flexible bases; dorsal fin VI, 1st 4 spines longest, filamentous, curved, reaching to base of 4th dorsal ray + I, 12-13; anal I, 12-13; pelvic I, 5 disk complete; tail fin long and pointed; scales rough on body, absent on head, nape and chest, 28-35 large scales in lateral series.

Olive; back with dark mottling; a row of short bars or elongate blotches along mid-flank, alternate ones smaller, last at base of tail; nape with 2 narrow cross bars; narrow dark stripe from mouth to edge of opercle; oblique bar under eye; pectoral translucent with large black spot on upper base; tail and soft dorsal with small black spots, forming bars; spinous dorsal with black rear margin; anal and pectoral light; pelvics dusky.

Size: 13.5 cm.

Habitat: brackish water in estuaries.

Depth: 0-5 m.

Eastern Panama and Colombia.

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  • Non Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Estuary
  • Mud
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Herbivore
  • Planktivore
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Panamic province endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Depth Range Max
  • 5
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Length Max
  • 13.5