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Vulnerable (VU)

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  Common names: cleaner-goby (English), gobio (Espanol)
Elacatinus nesiotes Bussing, 1990

Broken-back cleaner-goby

Elongate; head rounded, depressed; 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 longest) + I, 10-11; anal rays I, 9-10; pectoral rays 17-19; pelvic fins fused in a disc; tail rounded; no scales.

Head red above, orange on sides, yellow below, with 3 narrow white brown-edged bars; body white with 5-7 pairs of wide dark-edged orange-brown superficial bars, some forking below, each pair of bars overlaying a large internal dark blotch; dorsal fins with dark streaks in middle; tail and anal dark brown; pelvics and pectorals pale.

Size: 3 cm.

Habitat: rocky shores.

Depth: 5-30 m.

Known only from Isla del Coco, the Galapagos and Gorgona Island (Colombia).


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