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| Common names: sand-stargazer (English), miracielo de arena (Espanol), miraestrella de arena (Espanol) |
Platygillellus altivelis Dawson, 1974
Body elongate, compressed, tapering to tail; head robust; eyes not on stalks, with papillae; top and bottom lips with skin flaps; tubular nostrils; dorsal fin in two sections, III-spined high front finlet originates on nape, III + XII-XIV, 15-17; segmented anal rays 24-26 (usually 24 or 25); pectoral rays 13-15 (usually 14); lateral line continuous, bends down under last dorsal spine; scales smooth, head scaleless, belly with a narrow band of scales along midline; lateral-line scales 39-42; scales in straight (posterior) part of lateral line 11-14 (usually 12 or 13).
Whitish with a large pair of Y-shaped blackish bars on middle of side; narrower blackish bars also present just behind head and across base of tail fin.
Size: reaches 4.4 cm.
Habitat: sandy bottoms.
Depth: 3-40 m.
Costa Rica and Panama.