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Commonly Asked Questions

Appears in Georgia Aquarium's:
  • Ocean Voyager

Range / Habitat

  • Occurs in the Western Atlantic from the Bahamas, Lesser Antilles all the way through the South America’s northern coast.
  • Found on clear, insular coral reefs at depths of 1 to 174 feet (1 - 53 m). 
  • May appear singly or in groups of up to six individuals on a single coral.

Physical Characteristics

  • Coloration is dark, with a yellow stripe in front of each eye joining at its snout to form a “V.” A dark line extends from its snout past its gill opening to the caudal, or tail, fin.
  • Individual typically measures between 1.6 inches (4.0 cm) in length.
  • Mouth is terminal: near the tip of its pointed snout.
  • Pelvic fins join to form a cup-like suction disk.

Diet / Feeding

  • A cleaner fish that eats parasites off of other fish.
  • Larva feeds on small plankton.

Reproduction / Growth

  • It is possible for this species to hybridize with Elacatinus figaro, the barber goby.

Conservation Status

  • “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • A monogamous species often appearing in pairs.