Gobiosoma nudum (Meek & Hildebrand 1928)

top photo by Thorsen and Van Tassell - Panama
updated 6-15-2005

IDENTIFICATION

Head Pores - Cephalic head canal with ores B',C,D,E,F,H'; preopercle pores M',N,O'

Scales - No scales except for two small basicaudal scales.

Fins - D1 - VII, not filamentous; D2 - 12(12-13); anal 10(9-10); pectoral 20(18-20); pelvic I,5 reaching almost to anus

Head - Maxillae extending to posterior of eye; small barbel in front of eye on upper lip;

Papillae -

Color - 7-9 dark small spots along midline; small dark spot on top of pectoral fin base, a less intense spot at mid-pectoral fin base; body speckled with melanophores in vertical bars; head speckled side of head brown; body with alternating gray-brown and white bars; a midlateral row of small dark spots (in middle of each brown bar); first dorsal fin frequently with large black spot on basal half. (A&R 1994)

Distribution - Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Panama near the Canal, La Paita, Peru, and Costa Rica. Recent collections have not found G. nudum in the Atlantic.

Habitat - Inhabits tide pools and shallow rocky reefs

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