| Common names: goby (English), gobio (Espanol) |
Microgobius tabogensis Meek & Hildebrand, 1928
Head and body compressed; fleshy nape crest absent in male, well developed in female; 2-3 pores on preopercle; mouth large, nearly vertical; tip of tongue divided; dorsal fin VII (in both sexes spines II-V long, extending to mid soft dorsal in male spines) + I, 16-18 rays; anal I, 16-18 rays; pectoral fin 19-23 rays; tail fin long, pointed; pelvics fused to form disc; scales on body from pectoral axil rearwards, patch of rough scales on flank behind base of pectoral fin, remaining scales smooth to almost entirely rough, in 46-56 lateral rows; head, nape, breast, belly, and base of pectoral fin scaleless.
Both sexes mid-brown; lower head with 2 blue stripes, the upper one extending under eye; a blue bar on rear edge of operculum; a prominent dark blotch on back immediately under spinous dorsal; side of body behind this blotch with 2-4 blue bars or pairs of large blue spots; upper back with a row of 3-4 blue spots, which become smaller towards the rear; base of pectoral with 1-2 blue spots; orange areas between and around blue bars/spots on head and body; chin, lower chest and pelvic fins blackish; inner part of second dorsal with two rows of orange spots separated by a blue stripe; tail fin with a red central stripe and a yellow stripe immediately below, several brown spots on upper margin and a yellow lower margin. Male: first dorsal fin with 1-2 rows of brown spots near its base, filamentous spines dark; anal fin dusky with a pale margin. Female: first dorsal dusky with 3 intense dark spots; anal dusky with a broad median clear stripe.
Size: 7 cm.
Habitat: mangroves with muddy sand bottoms.
Depth: 0-6 m.
Lower Baja California to Ecuador.
Global Endemism: All species, East Pacific endemic, Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism: All species, TEP endemic, Continental TEP endemic, 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic, Continent, Continent only
Climate Zone: North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California), Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap), Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos), Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
- Allen, G.R. and D.R. Robertson 1994 Fishes of the tropical eastern Pacific. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu. 332 p. (Ref. 11482)
- Patzner, R.A., J.L. Van Tassell, M. Kova?i? and B.G. Kapoor 2011 The biology of gobies. Enfield, NH : Science Publishers ; Boca Raton, FL : DIstributed by CRC Press, 685 p. (Ref. 92840)
Catalog Number: USNM 81844
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): S. Meek & S. Hildebrand
Year Collected: 1911
Locality: Taboga Island, Pan., Taboga Island, Panama, Pacific
Inshore/Offshore: Inshore, Inshore Only
Water Column Position: Bottom, Bottom only
Habitat: Soft bottom (mud, sand,gravel, beach, estuary & mangrove), Soft bottom only, Mud, Sand & gravel, Estuary, Mangrove
FishBase Habitat: Demersal
Habitat and Ecology
- Tornabene, L., J.L. Van Tassel and D.R. Robertson 2012 Microgobius urraca (Teleostei: Gobiidae), a new species of goby from the tropical eastern Pacific. Zootaxa 3447:41-55. (Ref. 91780)
Depth range (m): 0.18 - 5
Depth range (m): 0.18 - 5
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Diet: zooplankton, pelagic fish larvae
Life History and Behavior
CITES: Not listed
IUCN Red List Assessment
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