Bridled goby

Bridled goby
Bridled goby
Gobiidae (Gobies)
Coryphopterus glaucofraenum
0 to 100+ ft
The body is usually very pale and almost transparent. A white or pearlescent blue bridle-like marking runs from the rear edge of the mouth to the edge of the gill cover. This marking is often very difficult to see, however. Other body markings vary but are usually rusty or golden orange. Often there is a series of dark X-shaped marks along the side and a barbell-shaped mark at the base of the tail. The bridled goby grows to a length of 3 inches (8 cm). The bridled goby is common throughout the Caribbean. It is abundant in the Cayman Islands. It inhabits a wide variety of environments but is typically seen on sandy bottoms near reefs. It perches on its fins, and due to its pale coloration, is highly camouflaged. Those lacking a pattern or markings are more common on white, sandy bottoms near reefs. The patterned individuals are associated with grassy or rocky area. It feeds on plankton.

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