Tigrigobius panamensis

Common Name

Panamanian Greenbanded Goby

Year Described

Victor, 2010


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 16-23 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.


Individuals range from 15.7-23mm SL.


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


Known only from the coast of Panama


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 color pattern difference between this species and T. rubrigenis, the mtDNA divergence between them is much less (3.3%) than the divergence between T. panamensis and T. multifasciatus (11.3%). This shows color pattern is not a reliable indicator of relationship in this clade (Victor, 2010).