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Eleotrica cableae Ginsburg, 1933
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Eleotrica cableae
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Eleotrica cableae

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Eleotrica cableae
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Eleotrica cableae

Main identification features
  • head flat, eyes on top
  • head and body - white spots
  • cirri - top lip
  • rear opercle - dark bar
Head flattened on top, with eyes on top; fringe of small cirri above rear portion of upper lip; 5 pores with skin flaps on occipital region, no preopercle pores; rear nostril longer than front nostril; dorsal rays VII + I, 9-11; anal rays I, 10; pectoral rays 18-19; pelvic fins separate except for low ridge connecting bases of inner rays; no scales (fish >3cm) or 2 or 4 embedded rough scales at tail fin base.

Brown to nearly white; head with small white spots; body with larger white spots and sometimes blotches or wavy vertical lines; males with midlateral row of double brown spots and oblique dark stripes on dorsal fins; a short dark bar on lower part of edge of gill cover.

Size: to 7 cm.

Inhabits sand-rubble adjacent to rocky reefs.

Depth: 1-5 m.

Galapagos Islands.

Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo).
Depth Range Max: 5 m.
Depth Range Min: 1 m.
Diet: mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves; mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs); mobile benthic worms.
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=2; Southern limit=-2; Western limit=-93; Eastern limit=-90; Latitudinal range=4; Longitudinal range=3.
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); Sand & gravel; Reef and soft bottom; Soft bottom (mud, sand,gravel, beach, estuary & mangrove).
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 7 cm.
Regional Endemism: Island (s) only; Island (s); TEP endemic; TEP oceanic island (s) endemic; Galapagos Islands endemic; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Marine; Marine Only.
Water Column Position: Bottom; Bottom only;

Scientific source:

Links to other sites

  • 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.
  • B÷hlke , J.E and Robins, C.R., 1968., Western Atlantic seven-spined gobies, with descriptions of ten new species and a new genus, and comments on Pacific relatives., Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Phila., 120(3):45-174.
  • Ginsburg, I., 1933., Descriptions of new and imperfectly known species and genera of gobioid and pleuronectid fishes in the United States National Museum., Proc. U.S. Nat. Mus., 82(20):1-23.


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Eleotrica cableae   Ginsburg , 1933

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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes ( gen. , sp. ) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Gobiidae (Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Eleotrica: The name of a Nile fish, eleotris (Ref. 45335 ) .   More on author: Ginsburg .

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated.   Tropical

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Southeast Pacific: Endemic to the Galapagos Islands.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: L m   ?   range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 28023 )

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Distinguished by the following characteristics: body lacks scales except for several enlarged basicaudal scales at base of the caudal fin; pelvic fins almost completely separate; maximum length of 7.0 cm SL (Ref. 92840 ).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits sand-rubble bottoms adjacent to rocky reefs. Common in tide pools and near-shore areas (Ref. 28023 ).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Allen, G.R. and D.R. Robertson , 1994. Fishes of the tropical eastern Pacific. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu. 332 p. (Ref. 11482 )

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185 )

  Vulnerable (VU)  (D2)

CITES (Ref. 115941 )

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361 )

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans


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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805 ):  PD 50 = 1.0000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high]. Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00617 (0.00279 - 0.01364), b=3.08 (2.89 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245 ). Trophic Level (Ref. 69278 ):  3.3   ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives Resilience (Ref. 69278 ):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.). Vulnerability (Ref. 59153 ):  Low vulnerability (19 of 100) .

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