Elacatinus genie (Böhlke & Robins, 1968)
Cleaner goby
Elacatinus genie
photo by Sander, W.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  4.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine
Distribution:  Western Central Atlantic: Bahamas and Grand Cayman Island.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-11; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 10-11. Whitish with two black stripes, one middorsal and the other lateral on head but passing to lower side on body, both ending in caudal fin; pale band separating two black stripes bright yellow on head, this band narrowing as it passes anteriorly, forming a V on top of snout with band of other side (Ref. 13442).
Biology:  Found on live coral. Removes ectoparasites from other fishes. Monogamous (Ref. 52884). Has been reared in captivity (Ref. 35408).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 23 March 2011 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 28.08.94
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 01.08.05
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 29.08.94

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