IDENTIFICATION - Body entirely pallid except for blackish bar at base of caudal fin. Two dark lines enclosing a yellow stripe extending from eye to area belopw 1st dorsal fin; some have a bronze stripe above yellow stripe. Bronze to dusky spot in front of upper part of pectoral-fin base. To 2 1/2 " (Peterson FG)
Head Pores - Cephailc canal system with pores B',C(s),D, E, F, G(on side branch), H' and K',L' Preopercle canal with pores M',N,O'
Scales - Ctenoid on body, base of pectoral fin and chest with cycloid scales; 25-26 in lateral series
Fins - D1 - VI no elongate spines; D2 - 10(9-11); anal - 10(9-10); pectoral - 19-20(18-20); caudal - 17 segmented rays; pelvic I,5 all rays branched, 5th rays shorter than 4th, fin disk shaped with frenum present, fin extending to or slightly beyond anus
Head - Tongue broad, truncate to shallowly trilobate; teeth in both jaws in 5-6 rows with outer and inner enlarged, inner teeth small and in poorly defined rows
Color - Life colors unknown: Preserved color - A pallid goby with little in the way of obvious or distinct dark markings. The most apparent color marking is the narrow, verticalally elongate black bar at the base of the caudal. The most characteristic feature of its pigmentation, howver, is the presence of two narrow black parallel lines of melanophores extending backward from the center of the eye. These lines probably included a band of some other color in life. There is also a similar arrangemnet of narrow parallel dark lines extending from the mid-ventral edge of the eyeball to the posterior end of the maxillary. In large adults, still other of these markings appear, most notably one above and paralleling the above mentioned postocular marking and another, less distinct, coursing laterally on the upper portion of the cheek. All fins punctate, the pectoral and caudal least so. Melanophores not forming obvious patterns except on the anal fin; on the anal the pigment exists as a band through the center of the extended fin, both the bases and the tips of the rays and interradial membranes clear. A patch of melanophores present on the chest in front of the ventral fins and, ventrally, in a cheveron-shaped patch on the branchiostegal membranes. A patch, U-shaped in adults, of melanophores present on snout. Three dark transverse markings cross the protruding upper edges of the eyeballs. The bodies of all but the larger specimens mostly unmarked. The larger individuals have scattered pigmentation on the body but in gross examination are still pale; these also develop six indistinct dorsal blotches whain are evenly spaced between the origin of the spinous dorsal fin and the last segmented dorsal ray. (B&R60)
Distribution - only taken by rotenone at coral and/or limestone situations where there was fine white coral sand; specific niche not known
Habitat - Deeper than 20 feet