Coryphopterus personatus (Jordan & Thompson, 1905)
Masked goby
photo by Itriago, H.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  4 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 3 - 46 m
Distribution:  Western Central Atlantic: Florida (USA), Bermuda, and Bahamas to northern South America, including the Lesser Antilles (Ref. 7251). Also Antilles (Ref. 26938).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6-6; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-11; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 11-11. Translucent orangish gray dorsally shading to violet gray ventrally; 2 diffuse orange lines running posteriorly from eye; dorsal fin rays red (Ref. 13442).
Biology:  Occurs in schools near large coral columns and heads. Has been reared in captivity (Ref. 35408). Hovers above bottom in caves and shaded areas in reefs (Ref. 26938).
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU); Date assessed: 22 March 2011 (A3ce) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 24.07.05
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 28.08.94

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