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Species: Gobiosoma species C, Few-rayed goby

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body: faint bars
midside: dark dashes
D2 10
D: 3 stripes
C: wavy bars
no head barbels
pectoral base: 2 spots

Gobiosoma species C

Few-rayed goby

Head rounded; mouth oblique; snout blunt, profile steep; narrow between eyes (< ½ eye diameter); no barbells on head; a cluster of small rakers on 1st  gill arch; dorsal fin VII (1st  2 spines elongate in male) + I, 10 rays; anal fin I, 9 rays; pectoral fin 17-18 rays; pelvics fused in disc; male genital papilla slender; body completely scaled behind level of origin of 2nd  dorsal fin, with narrowing extension forwards to inner base of pectoral; scales large, rough, 4 very rough scales on base of tail fin, 25 lateral scales.

(Preserved fish) Light brown; sides of body with faint bars, centers of bars at midside with short black streaks; base of pectoral with spot at top & at bottom; dorsal fins with 3 dark stripes; tail with faint wavy bars; anal clear; pelvic with black stripe; breast dark in male.

Size: 3.8 cm.

Habitat: sand with algae, rubble.

Depth: 3-10 m.

Southern Mexico to Panama.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Sand & gravel
  • Rocks
  • Reef and soft bottom
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continent only
  • Continent
  • Mexican + Panamic provinces endemic
  • All species
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.8
Depth Range Min
  • 3
Depth Range Max
  • 10