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Chriolepis cuneata
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Chriolepis cuneata

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Chriolepis cuneata
© Copyright Photographer/SFTEP, 2002 · 0
Chriolepis cuneata
Chriolepis cuneata
© Copyright Photographer/SFTEP, 2002 · 0
Chriolepis cuneata

Chriolepis cuneata
© Copyright Photographer/SFTEP, 2002 · 0
Chriolepis cuneata

Main identification features
  • slender, strongly depressed
  • white + 7 narrow brown bars
  • tail fin base: dark crescent
Body very slender, depressed at front, compressed at rear; upper profile slightly convex, lower profile straight; head depressed, without pores; papillae on most parts of head and nape; mouth slightly oblique, lower jaw slightly projecting; tongue broad, round; both pairs of nostrils tubular; 10-12 rakers on 1st gill arch; dorsal fin VII spines (none filamentous), 9-10 rays; 9-10 anal fin rays, pectoral 19 (18-20) rays; pelvic fins completely separate, with branched rays; tail pointed body scaled from level of origin soft dorsal rearwards, in 14-18 lateral rows, smooth at front, becoming larger and rough at rear, 4 very large rough scales at base of tail fin.

White; 2 narrow dark brown bars on nape, 5 more on body (2 under each dorsal fin, one on tail base), 2 more down from eye (1 vertical, 1 oblique across operculum); upper half of pectoral with curved brown blotch; base of tail fin with dark crescent.

Size: 3.1 cm.

Habitat: rubble bottoms.

Depth: 0-32 m.

The tip of Baja and the SW Gulf of California to Panama.

Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap); Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos); Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo).
Depth Range Max: 32 m.
Depth Range Min: 0 m.
Diet: mobile benthic worms; mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves; mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs).
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=26; Southern limit=8; Western limit=-112; Eastern limit=-78; Latitudinal range=18; Longitudinal range=34.
Egg Type: Benthic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Carnivore.
FishBase Habitat: Reef Associated.
Global Endemism: Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic; East Pacific endemic; All species.
Habitat: Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom); Rocks; Reef (rock &/or coral); Reef only.
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 3.1 cm.
Regional Endemism: Continent; Continent only; TEP endemic; Continental TEP endemic; 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Marine; Marine Only.
Water Column Position: Bottom; Bottom only;

Scientific source:

Links to other sites

  • Bussing, W.A., 1990., New species of gobiid fishes of the genera Lythrypnus, Elacatinus and Chriolepis from the eastern tropical Pacific., Revista de Biologia Tropical, 38(1):99-118.
  • Findley, L.T., 1983., A revision of the Eastern Pacific species of the gobiid fish genus Chriolepis (Teleostei: Gobioidei). Ph.D. diss., University Arizona:193pp.
  • Findley, L.T., Hendrickx, M.E., Brusca, R.C., van der Heiden, A.M., Hastings, P.A., Torre, J., 2003., Diversidad de la Macrofauna Marina del Golfo de California, Mexico., CD-ROM versión 1.0. Projecto de la Macrofauna del Golfo .  Derechos reservados de los autores y Conservación Internacional.
  • Fischer , W. , Krup , F. , Schneider , W. , Sommer , C. , Carpenter , K. E. and Niem, V. H., 1995., Guia FAO para la Identificacion de Especies de para los fines de la Pesca. Pacifico Centro-Oriental. Volumen II. Vertebrados - Parte 1., FAO2:647-1200.
  • Love, M.S., Mecklenburg, C.W., Mecklenburg, T.A., Thorsteinson, L.K., 2005., es of the West Coast and Alaska: a checklist of North Pacific and Artic Ocena species from Baja California to the Alaska-Yukon border., U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, 288pp.
  • Thomson , D.A. , Findley , L.T. and Kerstitch, A.N., 2000., Reef fishes of the Sea of Cortez., University of Texas Press(Revised Ed.):353.


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