Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Elacatinus: Greek, elakatines = fusiform fishes preserved in salt (Ref. 45335); limbaughi: Named for Clyde Limbaugh; treated as a noun in the genitive case.. More on author: Hoese.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; demersal. Tropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.3 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 59088)
soft rays: 7 - 10. This species is distinguished from all its congeners by the following set of characters: head
plump, more or less rounded, dorsoventrally compressed; head broad, with the anterior
outline of the head forming a smooth convex curve when viewed dorsally; most males with
one, rarely two, dorsal-fin spines filamentous first spine reaching to between last first dorsal-
fin spine base to fifth second dorsal-fin ray base, occasionally to ninth second dorsal-fin
ray base; pectoral rays usually 20-21; D2 usually I,10; A usually I,9; basicaudal scales absent; body with broad dark brown bands, with smooth vertical margins (Ref. 87125).
Eastern Central Pacific: Mexico.
Observed cleaning other fishes and commonly occurs with Elacatinus digueti (Ref. 87125).
Hoese, D.F. and S. Reader, 2001. A preliminary review of the eastern Pacific species of Elacatinus (Perciformes: Gobiidae). Revista de Biologia Tropical 49(Suppl. 1):157-167.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5005 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01150 (0.00645 - 0.02049), b=3.15 (3.00 - 3.30), based on LWR estimates for species & Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .