Palatogobius paradoxus Gilbert 1971
drawing of type from Gilbert 71

IDENTIFICATION

Head Pores - B', C(s), D(s), E, F' no preopercle pores

Scales - Restricted to posterior of trunk; extend forward to under D2 ray 12-17

Fins - D1 - VII, elements not elongate; D2 - 19-20; pectoral 18-22; anal 20; pelvic I,5 united but no frenum, extending to near anus

Head - Mouth squarish from below; maxilla extending to anterior 1/4 of eye

Papillae - A transverse pattern

Color - Body pale, with lavender on cheek and abdomen; upper edge of eye bright blue; a red line on nape continuing as a series of spots, one per ray, along base of dorsal fin; lobes of caudal fin pale orange (Gilbert 71)

Distribution - Virgin Islands, ne Gulf of Mexico, Panama, Venezuela (Smith 97)

Habitat - Coral rubble and sand substrate

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