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Lythrypnus pulchellus Ginsburg, 1938
GORGEOUS GOBY
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Lythrypnus pulchellus
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Lythrypnus pulchellus

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Lythrypnus pulchellus
© Copyright Gerald Allen, 2006 · 0
Lythrypnus pulchellus
Lythrypnus pulchellus
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Lythrypnus pulchellus
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Overview
Main identification features
  • orange; 2nd dorsal fin and a: orange stripes
  • white bars: head 5, body 11-14
  • c: ~6 orange bars
  • white and orange bars same intensity
Dorsal rays VI + I, 10-12 (usually 11); anal rays I, 8-10 (usually 9); pectoral rays 17-21 (usually 17-19); pelvic disc present; head and nape scaleless; body covered with small rough scales; first dorsal spine prolonged in males.

Reddish-orange, head usually without spots and with 4 narrow whitish bars; 11-14 (usually 13) similar pale bars on side of body, a thin dark vertical line in center of each pale bar; blue bars about same intensity as orange bars; second dorsal and anal fins with orange stripes; tail with 6 orange bars.

Size: reaches 4.5 cm.

Inhabits rocky reefs .

Depth: 2-70 m.

Southern Baja California and the lower 2/3 of the Gulf of California to western Panama.


Attributes
Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos); Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap); Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo); North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California).
Depth Range Max: 70 m.
Depth Range Min: 2 m.
Diet: mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs); zooplankton.
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=31; Southern limit=8; Western limit=-113; Eastern limit=-81; Latitudinal range=23; Longitudinal range=32.
Egg Type: Benthic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Carnivore; Planktivore.
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: 4.5 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;


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References
  • Birdsong , R. S. , Murdy , E. O. and Pezold, F. L., 1988., A study of the vertebral column and median fin osteology in gobioid fishes with comments on gobioid relationships., Bull. Mar. Sci., 42:174-214.
  • 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., 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.
  • Galván-Magaña, F., Gutiérrez-Sánchez, F., Abitia-Cárdenas, L.A., Rodríguez-Romero, J., 2000., The distribution and affinities of the shore fishes of the Baja California Sur lagoons. In Aquatic Ecosystems of Mexico: Status and Scope. Eds. M. Manuwar, S.G. Lawrence, I.F. Manuwar & D.F. Malley. Ecovision World Monograph Series., Backhuys Publishers:383-398.
  • Ginsburg, I., 1938., Eight new species of gobioid fishes from the American Pacific coast., Allan Hancock Pacific Expeditions, 2(7):109-121.
  • 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.
  • Van der Heiden , A. M. and Findley, L. T., 1988., Lista de los peces marinos del sur de Sinaloa, México., Anales del Centro de Ciencias del Mar y Limnologia de la Universidad Autonoma Nacional de Mexico, 15:209-224.
  • Villareal-Cavazos, A., Reyes-Bonilla, H., Bermúdez-Almada, B. and Arizpe-Covarrubias, O., 2000., Los peces del arrecife de Cabo Pulmo, Golfo de California, México: Lista sistemática y aspectos de abundancia y biogeografía., Rev. Biol. Trop., 48:413-424.

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