sharknose goby

Scientific name Elacatinus evelynae
Descriptor Böhlke & Robins
Year of description 1968
IUCN category LC
Family Gobiidae
Genus Elacatinus
Elacatinus evelynae Elacatinus evelynae

Introduction

Elacatinus evelynae, commonly known as sharknose goby, is a little salt water fish.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    3 cm
  • Maximum size
    4 cm
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes
  • Average size
    3 cm
  • Maximum size
    4 cm
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes

How to recognize the sharknose goby ?

The sharknose goby measures between 3 and 4 cm. Given its small size, this species is commonly referred to as a "dwarf" animal. This fish is tricolore with a predominantly jaune, noir and blanc body. The also has horizontal stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    scavenger
  • Sociability
    living as a couple or alone
  • territorial
    Yes
  • Way of living
    diurnal

The sharknose goby is a fish living as a couple or alone naturally found near the rocks. This species is scavenger . Measuring only a few centimeters, this small species tends to be discreet and hide in the presence of larger neighbors.

This species is territorial and does not appreciate the presence of intruders nearby, especially animals with similar behavior. It can also be virulent toward conspecifics. However, the sharknose goby has little concern for non-territorial animals.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond sur substrat caché

The sharknose goby is a fish ovipare qui pond sur substrat caché. This fish protects its eggs from nearby predators.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    24 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 50 m
  • Flow
    Medium

Biotope presentation

The sharknose goby is most often found at a depth between 1m and 50m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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