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Species: Ctenogobius manglicola, Mangrove goby

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D1: black spot, orange margin
C - 2 orange stripes
behind mouth: blotch, continues as line
pelvic - white + black margin

Ctenogobius manglicola (Jordan & Starks in Jordan, 1895)

Mangrove Goby

Elongate, compressed body; head short, depressed, cheeks bulbous; snout blunt; eyes large, towards front, narrow between them; 2 pores behind eye, last one on preopercle, 2 between eyes, 2 between each pair of nostrils; mouth horizontal, large, slightly underneath snout; teeth in fine bands, 3-4 large canines on sides of top jaw, several including a pair of large tusks at front of lower jaws; no gill rakers on upper first gill arch, one triangular raker at the angle of the arch and 3-4 triangular rakers on the lower arch; dorsal fin VI + I, 12 (rarely 11 or 13); I, 13 (rarely 12 or 14) anal rays; 1 more ray on 2nd dorsal fin than anal fin; pelvics fused to form disc; tail fin long and pointed; body with rough scales, 28 -33 in lateral series, head scaleless.

Olivaceous with dark mottling above; 2 dark streaks from eye down along snout; dark stripe on cheek connects to dark blotch at corner of mouth; ~ 5 oblong blotches along mid flank, last on tail base has dark spot above and below; dorsal fins and tail fin finely checked and marked with dark orange-brown and black; tail fin with upper and lower orange stripes; 5th dorsal spine of male has large black spot; pelvic blackish, with whitish margin.

Size: 4 cm.

Habitat: mangroves.

Depth: 0-5 m.

Central Gulf of California to Peru.

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  • Non Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Mud
  • Estuary
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Herbivore
  • Benthic microalgae
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Benthic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • All species
  • Continent only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 4
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5