Tigrigobius multifasciatus

Common Name

Greenbanded Goby

Year Described

Steindachner, 1876


Dorsal Fin: VII, 11-12
Anal Fin: 9-10
Pectoral Fin: 19-21
Caudal Fin: 15 (branched), 6-8 unbranched on top and bottom

Pelvic fins fully united into circular disk. Body scaleless.


Head pale yellowish, becoming abruptly dark green posterior to the pectoral base with 15-21 pale green bars. Head with a single bright red stripe from snout to opercular edge that becomes bright orange posteriorly. Fins yellowish with clear membranes.


Maximum size to about 50mm SL.


Shallow rocky areas of pitted limestone. Usually associated with sea urchins.


Widespread in the Caribbean Sea from the Bahamas, Greater Antilles, Lesser Antilles, Curacao, Bonaire, Isla de Providencia, San Andres, Jamaica, and the Cayman Islands. Apears to be absent from the Gulf of Mexico and Florida, as well as the northern continental coast of South America.


Victor, B. C. 2010. The redcheek paradox: the mismatch between genetic and phenotypic divergence among deeply-divided mtDNA lineages in a coral-reef goby, with the description of two new cryptic species from the Caribbean Sea. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation v. 3: 1-15.

Other Notes

Despite the near identical physical appearance between this species and T. panamensis, the mtDNA divergence between them is much greater (11.3%) than the divergence between the different looking T. rubrigenis and T. panamensis (3.3%). This shows color pattern is not a reliable indicator of relationship in this clade (Victor, 2010).