Elacatinus puncticulatus (Ginsburg, 1938)
Panamic redhead goby
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  4.99 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 2 - 6 m
Distribution:  Eastern Central Pacific: Gulf of California to Ecuador.
Diagnosis:  Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 10-10. This species differs from all its congeners in the eastern Pacific by having the following characters: 2 basicaudal scales; D2 typically I,11; numerous branched caudal rays 12-15; with a longitudinal dark stripe on head (Ref. 87125).
Biology:  Inhabits rocky reefs, usually found near Eucidaris thouarsi. Known as facultative cleaners (Ref. 92840).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 22 May 2007 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 04.03.98
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 03.03.21
Checked by: Bailly, Nicolas - 03.03.21

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