Elacatinus xanthiprora Bohlke & Robins 1968

Photo by Julie Mounts NMNH

IDENTIFICATION

Head Pores - B',C,D,E,F,H' preopercle pores M',N'

Scales - No scales

Fins - D1 - VII, D2 - 11-12(11-13), pectoral 18-19(17-20), anal 11(10-11)

Head - Tounge truncate. Males with the outer row of teeth in upper jawf enlarged with two fangs posteriorly, and an inner row of teeth below with three large fangs. Snout with distinctive, narrow median yellow or white bar. Mouth U-shaped and subterminal.

Papillae - A transverse pattern with three rows anterior to row b abd row 5i/6i at the anterior of row b, no rows extend below the level of row d

Color - snout with a distinctive, narrow median yellow bar. Bright yellow stripe from rear margin of eye to caudal (B&R) There is a yellow form and a white form; both have the same distribution of the stripes, only differ in the color of the stripe. The white form is from Serranilla Bank.(Colin 73)

Distribution - Florida Keys, the Dry Tortugas and Jamaica; the yellow form is found in Florida Keys, the Dry Tortugas, and on the edge of the continental shelf off Nicaragua. The white form is collected at Serranilla Bank and probably Isla de Providencia. Colin 73; Ross & Fast (1977) reported it from Onslow Bay, N.C.

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