IUCN threat status:

Vulnerable (VU)

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  Common names: sand-stargazer (English), miraestrella de arena (Espanol), miracielo de arena (Espanol)
Gillellus chathamensis Dawson, 1977

Cocos sand-stargazer

Body compressed, tapering to tail; head moderate size; eyes not on stalks; tip of lower jaw fleshy, pointed, and strongly protruding; lower lips only with skin flaps; tubular nostrils;  dorsal fin origin on nape, before level of upper corner of operculum, a high isolated finlet of II spines at front, then main fin, II + VIII-XII, 28-32; segmented anal rays 28-32 (usually 29-30); pectoral rays 13 (12-14); lateral line continuous, bends down just behind last dorsal spine; scales smooth, head and belly scaleless; total lateral-line scales 50-56, scales in straight (posterior) part of lateral line 23-25.

White with seven dark-edged light grey to brownish saddles on upper sides.

Grows to 3.8 cm.

Habitat: sandy bottoms.

Depth range 1-15 m.

Known only from Cocos.


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