Eleotris perniger

 

IDENTIFICATION

Head Pores - Absent

Scales - cycloid on most of body, ctenoid on sides of trunk; scales in lateral series 60(54-68); predorsal scales 49(39-62); scales present on cheek, operculum

 

Fins - D1 - VI, no elongate filaments; D2 - 9(8-9); pectoral - 18(16-19); anal - I,8; pelvic not united, frenum absent I,5

Head - Interorbital broad, 3 times eye diameter; maxilla extending to middle or rear margin of eye; anterior nostril a tube, overlapping upper lip, posterior nostril an open pit.

Papillae - A transverse patterns with vertical rows 2,4,6 extending below the level of row d, numberous short rows between vertical rows not extending below row d; lacking row ot' on upper opercle

Color - Preserved: Body dark brown laterally along the dorsum or tan with rows of dark brown spots on sides sometimes forming thin horizontal pinstripes; abdomen and gular region lighter. Cheek with two dark streaks radiating posteriorly from eye, one along sulcus between nape and cheek and operculum. Large spot on upper pectoral-fin base which may be covered by the opercular membrane. Other pigment as observed in E. amblyopsis (Pezold & Cage 2002)

Distribution - Common in the Caribbean Basin, predominant species in the Antilles, also known from Bermuda and Rio de Janeiro (Pexold and Cage 2002)

Habitat - tidal creeks, over a substrate of sand and rocks amid mangrove roots; fresh water lakes

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