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  Common names: cleaner-goby (English), gobio (Espanol)
Elacatinus limbaughi Hoese & Reader, 2001

Wide-banded cleaner-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 (1st  spine filamentous in male) + I, 9; anal rays I, 9; pectoral rays 20-21; pelvic fins fused in a disc; tail rounded; no scales. 

Head and anterior part of body red orange grading to dark brown posteriorly; head with 3 pink to whitish bars, 9-10 straight narrow white bars on body.

Size: reaches 3.4 cm.

Inhabits rocky reefs, cleans parasites from other fishes (frequently moray eels).

Depth: 5-30 m?

Central Gulf of California to central Mexico.   


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