IUCN threat status:

Data Deficient (DD)

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  Common names: specter-goby (English), Gobio-espectro (Espanol)
Akko brevis (Günther, 1864)

Dark-tail specter-goby

Very elongate; very small eyes; head without pores; vertical and horizontal rows of small papilla on head and operculum; mouth large, almost vertical; upper jaw slightly extendible, ends before center of eye; teeth elongate, large, depressible, lower teeth overlapping the upper jaw when closed; upper jaw with one row of long, well separated canine teeth, lower with two rows, the outer row enlarged; gill opening from a little below top of pectoral base to a little above pelvic base, lower rear edge curved back; gill arches with simple to complex papillae rather than rakers; dorsal, anal and tail fins with serially branched rays; dorsal fins connected, VII, 14; anal fin I, 14; dorsal and anal fins joined to tail fin; pectoral fins short; pelvics fused in a deeply cupped, circular disc on a stalk, fin rays multiply branched; scales small, smooth, rounded, imbedded, not overlapping; head and pectoral base scaleless; no lateral line.

Body translucent white, speckled with black along back, pink around gill area; dorsal fin and tail fin black.

Size: 8 cm.

Habitat: mud bottoms, estuaries.

Depth: 5-40 m.

El Salvador to Panama.

This species, which was originally described as a species of Amblyopus was included in Gobioides by Hoese 1995.


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