Microgobius microlepis Longley & Hildebrand, 1940
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Microgobius microlepis
photo by Van Tassell, J.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  10 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 0 - 36 m
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: southern Florida, USA and the Bahamas to Yucatan, Mexico and Belize.
Diagnosis:  Distinguished by the following characteristics: general body color is light grey-brown, typically have areas of very bright iridescent blue and/or yellow; body is laterally compressed; large, nearly vertical mouth; completely scaled body; first dorsal with VII spines; ventral fins are united (Ref. 92840).
Biology:  Inhabits shallow water on soft calcareous bottoms. Found usually near burrow, but occasionally seen swimming in small schools.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 March 2010 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 05.12.13
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 28.08.94

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