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Starksia fulva Rosenblatt and Taylor, 1971
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Starksia fulva
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Starksia fulva

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Starksia fulva
© Copyright Gerald Allen, 2006 · 0
Starksia fulva
Starksia fulva
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Starksia fulva

Starksia fulva
© Copyright Photographer/SFTEP, 2002 · 0
Starksia fulva
Starksia fulva
© Copyright Photographer/SFTEP, 2002 · 0
Starksia fulva

Main identification features
  • dorsal and anal finsbases: row black blotches
  • operculum dotted
  • pectoral base: 2 spots
Dorsal rays XIX to XXI, 8-10; anal rays II, 17-18; total (right and left) pectoral rays 26-30 (usually 28); lateral-line scales 36-40; a short, unbranched cirrus on each nostril, above eye, and on each side of nape; teeth of jaws conical, curved, and pointed; roof of mouth with teeth only at front; first anal spine of males separate from anal fin and modified as an intromittent organ; tip of male genital papilla extending slightly beyond fleshy tip of second anal fin spine.

Mottled dark brown to yellow brown; operculum spotted; prominent black spots along bases of dorsal and anal fins; two round black spots on pectoral fin base; median fins with small black spots.

Maximum size, 4.5 cm.

Habitat: occurs in sandy or weedy areas.

Depth: 0-5 m.

Costa Rica to Ecuador.

Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo).
Depth Range Max: 5 m.
Depth Range Min: 0 m.
Diet: mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs); mobile benthic worms.
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=11; Southern limit=1; Western limit=-86; Eastern limit=-78; Latitudinal range=10; Longitudinal range=8.
Egg Type: Live birth; 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: 4.5 cm.
Regional Endemism: Continent; Continent only; TEP endemic; Continental TEP endemic; Panamic province endemic; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Marine; Marine Only.
Water Column Position: Bottom; Bottom only;

Scientific source:

Links to other sites

  • Béarez, P., 1996., Lista de los Peces Marinos del Ecuador Continental., Revista de Biologia Tropical, 44:731-741.
  • Jimenez-Prado, P., Béarez, P., 2004., Peces marinos del Ecuador continental / Marine fishes of continental Ecuador., SIMBIOE/NAZCA/IFEA tomo 1 y 2.
  • 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.
  • Rosenblatt , R.H. and Taylor, L.R., 1971., The Pacific species of the clinid fish tribe Starksiini., Pac. Sci., 25:436-463.


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