Overview

Comprehensive Description

Description

  Common names: goby (English), gobio (Espanol)
 
Elacatinus inornatus Bussing, 1990


Inornate goby


Elongate; head rounded; upper lip connected to snout at front; a pore midway between front of the two eyes; 2 pores on preopercle; no teeth on roof of mouth; tongue with blunt tip; dorsal VII + I, 10 (rarely 9); anal rays I, 8-9; pectoral rays 18-20 (usually 21); pelvic fins fused in a disc; tail rounded; no scales.

Head orange-red or pinkish, with 3 white bars; an additional white bar at level of pectoral fin base; body translucent yellow with 5 broad, internal brown bars.


Size: to 3.3 cm.

Inhabits coral and rocky reefs.

Depth: 5-30 m.

Costa Rica to Colombia.   
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Distribution

Range Description

This species is endemic to the Eastern Pacific, ranging from Nicaragua to Colombia (Hoese and Reader, 2001).
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Zoogeography

See Map (including site records) of Distribution in the Tropical Eastern Pacific 
 
Global Endemism: All species, East Pacific endemic, Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic

Regional Endemism: All species, TEP endemic, Continental TEP endemic, Panamic province endemic, Continent, Continent only

Residency: Resident

Climate Zone: Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
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Depth

Depth Range (m): 5 (S) - 30 (S)
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Physical Description

Morphology

Size

Length max (cm): 3.3 (S)
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits rocky reefs at depths from 3 to 30m. According to Dominici-Arosemena and Wolff (2006), this fish is present in deep rocky reefs and zones of massive coral in Gulf of Chiriqui, Panama.

Systems
  • Marine
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Depth range based on 6 specimens in 1 taxon.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 7 - 27

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 7 - 27
 
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Salinity: Marine, Marine Only

Inshore/Offshore: Inshore, Inshore Only

Water Column Position: Bottom, Bottom only

Habitat: Reef (rock &/or coral), Reef only, Rocks, Corals, Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)

FishBase Habitat: Reef Associated
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Trophic Strategy

Feeding

Feeding Group: Carnivore, Ectoparasite cleaner

Diet: mobile benthic worms, mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs), mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves, ectoparasites
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Life History and Behavior

Reproduction

Egg Type: Benthic, Pelagic larva
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2010

Assessor/s
Findley, L. & Van Tassell, J.

Reviewer/s
Carpenter, K., Polidoro, B. & Livingstone, S. (Global Marine Species Assessment Team)

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Justification
This species is restricted to rocky reef habitat within its range in the Eastern Pacific and is considered uncommon throughout its range in suitable habitat. However, there are no known major threats for this species, and no current indication of widespread population decline. It is listed as Least Concern.
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IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed

CITES: Not listed
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Population

Population
There is no population information available for this species. It is not commonly seen.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no major threats known for this species.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
There are no known conservation measures for this species. However, this species distribution falls partially into a number of Marine Protected Areas in the Eastern Pacific region (WDPA 2006).
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