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Description: Larvae of the cleaner gobies are likely identical (described above under E. illecebrosus). Transitional recruits develop two wide dark stripes along the top of the head (separated by only a thin clear line) that merge to become a stripe along the base of the dorsal fin fading out between the two dorsal fins. Below the dark stripe is a prominent white stripe (yellow/blue in life) that meets the stripe from the other side in a distinct V-shape on the snout. A wide lateral dark stripe starts at the tip of the upper jaw and continues through the eye along the side of the body just below the lateral midline to the caudal fin, widening at the caudal-fin base and then extending out along the central and lower fin rays. Beneath this surface stripe is a broad dark stripe of internal melanophores that extends above and below the lateral midline.


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