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  Common names: goby (English), gobio (Espanol)
Lythrypnus alphigena Bussing, 1990

Cheek-spotted goby

Body deep and wide; head round; no crest along top of head and nape; mouth very oblique; head without pores; papillae around mouth, on cheeks and operculum and over eye; front nostril a long tube, rear nostril a raised rim; tongue round to blunt; 5-7 gill rakers; dorsal fin VI (1st  spine filamentous)+ I, 13 rays; 11 anal rays; 21 pectoral rays; pelvics fused into disc; pectoral rays unbranched; tail fin short, round, with 17 segmented rays; scales rough, none on head, nape, chest and pectoral base; ~ 37 lateral scale rows. 

Grey; body with 10 narrow brown bars with dark line in center and dark edges, and wider paler interspaces; brown reticulum below eye and on operculum; 4 brown bars across top of head; cheeks and lower head with large cream spots; fins dusky; spinous dorsal black at rear; soft dorsal with diffuse dark streaks;  tail with 6 faint vertical bars.

Size: 4.4 cm.

Habitat: rocky bottoms.

Depth: 90-150 m.

Cocos Island.


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