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Genus: Coryphopterus, Gobies

All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

nape +/- low crest
cheek: horizontal rows papillae
D1: VI
pelvics = disc
scales large, rough, cover body, none on head



Snout profile straight to rounded; head with or without a low crest on nape; head pores present, usually 1 between center of eyes, 1 pair between rear nostril; papillae on cheek in horizontal rows; mouth small, relatively horizontal; some teeth enlarged, none on roof of mouth; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VI + I, 8-15 rays; length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 8-13 rays; pelvic fins I, 5, fused to almost completely separate; tail fin rounded; body covered with scales, scales large, rough, usually absent from head; no lateral line.

A tropical to temperate new world genus with about 13 species,  with 2 eastern Pacific species, one of which is endemic to our region.