Eleotris tecta

 

IDENTIFICATION

Head Pores - Absent

Scales - Cycloid except for the laterial trunk where they may be ctenoid; scales in laterial series 59(54-60); predorsal with 38(38-43); cheek and operculum scaled.

 

Fins - D1 - VI, no spines elongate; D2 - I,8(I,7-I,8); pectoral - 17(16-17); anal - I,8(I,7-I,8); pelvic - I,5 fins seperate no anterior frenum

Head - Head broad and flattened, interorbital 3 times eye diameter; anterior nostril tubular overhanging upper lip, posterior nostril an open pit; maxilla extending to middle or rear margin of eye

Papillae - A transverse pattern with vertical rows 2,3,4 extending below the level of row d; numerous short vertical rows between full length vertical rows; no row ot' on upper opercle, opercle rows os and oi joined at ventroposterior margin of preopercle

Color - preserved: Body straw color, darker on dorsum, lighter on belly; mottling present in a few specimens; pigmentation on lateral scales forming series of interrupted lines six to seven scales in depth extending from pectoral-fin base to caudal peduncle, more distinct posteriorly. Dark spot present on upper base of pectoral fin; dorsal and anal fins with wavy, dusky bands parallel or diagonal to body axis; bars on the caudal, pectoral, and pelvic fins perpendicular to body axis, some specimens lacking dusky bars on pectoral and pelvic fins. Cheek with small dark dots; interrupted interorbital bar; two postocular stripes, top stripe extends to the posterior margin of the opercle, bottom stripe extends to or slightly past the posterior margin of the preopercle; bar connecting two postocular stripes along seam of opercle and preopercle in a few specimens (Pezold & Cage 2002)

Distribution - Pacific coast of Costa Rica

Habitat - stream with little to high current up to 75 m above sea level, water temps 25-29 C

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