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Species: Cerdale prolata, Many-spined worm-goby

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D XIII, 38; A 37
scales - dark margins
chin - lateral ridges
gill opening - broad tube

Cerdale prolata Dawson, 1974

Many-spined worm-goby

Body short, stubby, eel-like,  body height ~ 10% of SL; tail ~ equal to head and body; mouth strongly oblique, lower jaw projecting; lower lip not notched below front nostril; 2 rows of teeth on each jaw, conical outer row, chisel-like inner row; gill opening large, mildly tubular;  dorsal fin spines of equal height and spacing XIII, 38, origin over middle of pectoral fin; anal rays 0, 37; pectoral rays 15; dorsal and anal fins unconnected to tail fin; scales small, close-set to slightly overlapping on head and upper body; body completely scaled except for mouth and area before eyes; inner 2/3 of tail fin scaled; inner ½ of pectoral scaled on both sides; pelvic scaly; spines of dorsal with scales at bases.

fish) light brown to tan, paler below; dark dots scattered on bases of pectorals and tail; fins clear; scales on sides with dark margins; iris grey.

Size: 8.8 cm.

Habitat: muddy estuarine bays.

Depth: 0-10 m.

Panama Bay.

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  • Non Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Soft bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Mangrove
  • Estuary
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Benthic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • TEP endemic
  • Panamic province endemic
  • All species
  • Continent
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Continent only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Data deficient
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 8.8
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10