Coryphopterus lipernes Böhlke & Robins, 1962
Peppermint goby
Coryphopterus lipernes
photo by Patzner, R.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  3 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 0 - 13 m
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: Florida Keys, USA to Central America (Ref. 7251). Also Bahamas, Caribbean, including Antilles (Ref. 26938).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 9-9. Translucent yellowish gray with iridescent blue markings on snout and upper part of eye; alternating yellow and narrow blue lines extending posteriorly from eye onto anterior body (Ref. 13442).
Biology:  Lives in coral heads in fairly deep water. Usually solitary, but sometimes swims close to reef in small groups.
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU); Date assessed: 22 March 2011 (A3ce) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 24.07.05
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 28.08.94

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