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| Common names: goby (English), gobio (Espanol) |
Microgobius cyclolepis Gilbert, 1890
Head and body compressed; fleshy nape crest well developed in females, poorly developed in males; 2-3 pores on preopercle; mouth large, nearly vertical; tip of tongue divided; dorsal fin VII (spines II-VI produced to form short filaments in both sexes) + I, 14-16 rays; anal I, 15-16 rays; pectoral fin 22-24 rays; tail fin long, oval or pointed (in males); pelvics fused to form disc; midlateral scales 46-55; scales smooth, except patch of rough scales beneath and behind pectoral fin; head, nape, breast, belly, and base of pectoral fin scaleless.
Pale tan with cream-colored belly; an ovoid dark spot with bluish posterior border below origin of first dorsal fin; first dorsal fin with broad inner band of blue, margin speckled with blue; second dorsal fin with oblique inner blue band, central bands of blue and orange and an orange margin; tail fin with inner orange spots, upper margin orange; anal and pelvic fins blue-white; pectoral clear.
Size: grows to 7 cm.
Inhabits flat sand bottoms.
Depth: 2-36 m.
Southern Baja and the eastern Gulf of California to Colombia.