Tigrigobius limbaughi (Hoese & Reader, 2001)
Widebanded cleaning goby
Tigrigobius limbaughi
photo by Robertson, R.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  3.33 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine
Distribution:  Eastern Central Pacific: Mexico.
Diagnosis:  Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 7-10. This species is distinguished from all its congeners by the following set of characters: head plump, more or less rounded, dorsoventrally compressed; head broad, with the anterior outline of the head forming a smooth convex curve when viewed dorsally; most males with one, rarely two, dorsal-fin spines filamentous first spine reaching to between last first dorsal- fin spine base to fifth second dorsal-fin ray base, occasionally to ninth second dorsal-fin ray base; pectoral rays usually 20-21; D2 usually I,10; A usually I,9; basicaudal scales absent; body with broad dark brown bands, with smooth vertical margins (Ref. 87125).
Biology:  Observed cleaning other fishes and commonly occurs with Elacatinus digueti (Ref. 87125). From the subtidal to depths of at least 35 m and commonly found below 15 m (Ref. 87125).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 22 May 2007 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 26.08.03
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 17.04.14

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