IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: eel-goby (English), gobio-anguila (Espanol)
Gobioides peruanus (Steindachner, 1880)

Peruvian eel-goby,     Smalleye eel-goby

Body very elongate (depth 9-14% of SL), compressed, eel-like; head small (5-8% of SL), square, with pores; eyes small (about 2x size of rear nostril), skin covered, high on side of head; mouth large, oblique, top jaw extends past eye, lower jaw projecting; teeth canine-like, in 1-3 rows on sides of jaws, 1 row in middle, outer row of teeth close-set; gill rakers short, blunt, 8-11; one, long-based dorsal fin, with VII flexible spines, 14-15 rays; anal fin: I (tiny), 15 rays; pectorals about same length as pelvics, 18-19; pelvics fused in rounded disc that is free from belly; tail fin long, pointed, broadly joined to dorsal and anal fins; scales small, smooth, on body and cheeks, front scales often imbedded.

Pale tan with golden sheen on gill cover and side of body; upper back brown with bar-like extensions reaching middle of side, these becoming obscure on posterior third of body.

Size: attains 45 cm.

Inhabits brackish tidal rivers and estuaries as well as fresh water, lives in muddy burrows.

Depth: 1-15 m.

El Salvador to Peru.   


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