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Species: Gobionellus liolepis, Gulf goby, Smooth-scaled goby

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very elongate
eye small, on top
Ds partly joined
D & A not joined to C
D & C spotted
mouth large, oblique
teeth conical

Gobionellus liolepis (Meek & Hildebrand, 1928)

Smooth-scaled goby, Gulf goby

Very elongate, compressed; head a little compressed, snout broadly pointed; mouth opens at front, oblique; 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 small, high on sides of front 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 + I, 14, 2 fins broadly joined; anal I, 14; pelvic I, 5 disk complete; tail fin long and pointed; scales feel smooth (but are finely toothed), present on nape, gill covers and cheeks as well as body, small, 70-81 in lateral series.

Olivaceous; mid flank without dark blotches; a dark bar under eye; second dorsal fin and tail fin spotted or barred, other fins translucent.

Size: 25 cm.

Habitat: sandy beaches near estuaries and deeper soft bottoms in nearshore waters.

Depth: 0-30 m.

El Salvador to Ecuador.

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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Freshwater
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Freshwater
  • Soft bottom only
  • Beach
  • Estuary
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Herbivore
  • Planktivore
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Continent only
  • Continent
  • Panamic province endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 25
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 30