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  Common names: worm-goby (English), gobio-gusano (Espanol)
Cerdale prolata Dawson, 1974

Many-spined worm-goby

Body short, stubby, eel-like,  body height ~ 10% of SL; tail ~ equal to head and body; mouth strongly oblique, lower jaw projecting; lower lip not notched below front nostril; 2 rows of teeth on each jaw, conical outer row, chisel-like inner row; gill opening large, mildly tubular;  dorsal fin spines of equal height and spacing XIII, 38 , origin over middle of pectoral fin; anal rays 37; pectoral rays 15; dorsal and anal fins unconnected to tail fin; scales small, close-set to slightly overlapping on head and upper body; body completely scaled except for mouth and area before eyes; inner 2/3 of tail fin scaled; inner ½ of pectoral scaled on both sides; pelvic scaly; spines of dorsal and anal with scales at bases.

fish) light brown to tan, paler below; dark dots scattered on bases of pectorals and tail; fins clear; scales on sides with dark margins; iris grey.

Size: 8.8 cm.

Habitat: muddy estuarine bays.

Depth: 0-10 m.

Panama Bay.


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