IUCN threat status:

Vulnerable (VU)

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

Distant goby,     Island goby

Body robust; head round; with fleshy 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  2 spines filamentous in male)+ I, 11 (10-12) rays; 9 (8-10) anal rays; 18-19 (17-20) pectoral rays; pelvics fused into disc; pectoral rays unbranched; tail fin short, round, with 17 segmented rays; scales rough, body covered, ~ 29 between gill opening and base of caudal fin, none on head, nape, chest and pectoral base. 

Upper half of head red, whitish below with red spots; four narrow blue bars dorsally on head; body red at front, purplish brown at rear, with 13-15 narrow blue bars.

Size: to 2.5 cm.

Inhabits rocky reefs.

Depth: 3-20 m.

Revillagigedo Islands.


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