Elacatinus xanthiprora

Common Name

Yellowprow Goby

Year Described

Böhlke & Robins, 1968


Dorsal Fin: VII, 11-13 (usually 12)
Anal Fin: 11
Pectoral Fin: 18-20 (usually 19)
Caudal Fin:
Gill Rakers:
Vertebrae: 28

Mouth subterminal. Body scaleless. Pelvic fins fused to form a sucking disk.


Body stripe bright yellow and narrow; tapering off on caudal fin. Lateral stripe black; continuing on caudal fin. Snout dark with a elliptical yellow spot. Back black to dark gray, often with a bluish sheen. Belly pale. Flanks with scattered melanophores. Fins transparent and speckled with melanophores.


Maximum size to 31.4mm SL.


Inhabits deep reefs from 20-28m. Associates with sponges and does not engage in cleaning behavior.


Known from the coast of southern Florida, Dry Tortugas, and the Florida Keys.


Böhlke, J. E. and C. R. Robins. 1968. Western Atlantic seven-spined gobies, with descriptions of ten new species and a new genus, and comments on Pacific relatives. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia v. 120: 45-174.

Other Notes

Elacatinus colini and E. serranilla have white body stripes, and live outside the range of E. xanthiprora.