Coryphopterus urospilus Ginsburg, 1938
Redlight goby
Coryphopterus urospilus
photo by Robertson, R.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  6.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 5 - 40 m
Distribution:  Eastern Central Pacific: Baja California, Mexico to the Galapagos Islands.
Biology:  Lives in sand-rubble fringe of rocky reefs or coral patches (Ref. 11482). Forages on tiny crustaceans among rocks on the bottom. When foraging over sand, its orange spot tends to resemble sand grains and may camouflage them. However they dart about quickly and dive for cover when approached (Ref. 28023).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 22 May 2007 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 20.11.96
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 27.02.14

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