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Lythrypnus rhizophora (Heller and Snodgrass, 1903)
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Lythrypnus rhizophora
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Lythrypnus rhizophora

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Lythrypnus rhizophora
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Main identification features
  • orange-brown
  • pale blue-white bars: 4-6 head, 9-14 body
  • c: rays spotted
  • cheek: brown spots
Dorsal rays VI + I, 10-12 (usually 11); anal rays I, 8-10 (usually 9); pectoral rays 17-20 (usually 17-18); pelvic disc present; head and nape scaleless; body covered with small rough scales; first dorsal spine of males prolonged.

Brownish orange; numerous small brown spots on cheek and opercle; 4-6 bluish-grey bars on head and 9-14 similar narrow bars on body, each bars with a central thin dark line; tail fin with vertical rows of small brown spots.

Size: grows to 3.4 cm.

Inhabits rocky reefs.

Depth: 1-20 m.

Costa Rica to western Panama, Cocos Island and the Galapagos.

Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo).
Depth Range Max: 20 m.
Depth Range Min: 1 m.
Diet: zooplankton; mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs).
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=10; Southern limit=-2; Western limit=-93; Eastern limit=-81; Latitudinal range=12; Longitudinal range=12.
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: 3.4 cm.
Regional Endemism: Island (s); TEP endemic; TEP oceanic island (s) endemic; Multiple oceanic islands endemic; Island (s) only; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Marine; Marine Only.
Water Column Position: Bottom; Bottom only;

Scientific source:

Links to other sites

  • Heller , E. and Snodgrass, R.E., 1903., Papers from the Hopkins Stanford Galapagos expedition, 1898-1899. XV. New fishes., Proc. Wash. Acad. Sci., 5:189-229.
  • Kendall , W.C. and Radcliffe, L., 1912., The shore fishes. Reports on the scientific results of the expedition to the eastern tropical Pacific, ... by the U.S. Fish Commission steamer ALBATROSS, from October, 1904, to March, 1905, Lieut. Commander L.M. Garret, U.S.N., Commanding. XXV., Mem. Mus. Comp. Zool., 35(3):75-171.
  • Lopez , M. I. and Bussing, W. A., 1982., Lista provisional de los peces marinos de la Costa Rica., Revista de Biologia Tropical, 30(1):5-26.
  • Snodgrass , R. E. and Heller, E., 1905., Papers from the Hopkins Stanford Galapagos expedition, 1898-1899. XVII. Shorefishes of the Revillagigedo, Clipperton, Cocos and Galapagos Island., Proc. Wash. Acad. Sci., 6:333-427.
  • Walker, B. W. and Baldwin, W. J., 1964., Provisional check list of fishes of the Revillagigedo islands., 18 pp.


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