Pariah scotius

Common Name

Peppered Goby

Year Described

Böhlke, 1969


Dorsal Fin: VIII, 1, 10-11
Anal Fin: I, 7-8
Pectoral Fin: 15-17
Pelvic Fin: I, 5
Vertebrae: 12 precaudal, 17 caudal; 29 total

Body very elongate with a long head. Eye relatively large with an oblique mouth. Chin barbels absent. Two dorsal fins are separated. Ventral fins united along length. Body with a small patch of ctenoid scales along the anal fin base and two scales at the base of the caudal fin. No lateral line pores on the head.


Body quite dark with a heavy speckling of large melanophores on the body, with smaller spots intermingled. Fins pale with fine speckling. Some fish with evidence of darker body bands.


Maximum known size to 25mm SL.


A sponge-dwelling goby that inhabits large barrel sponges from 12-28m.


Known from the southern Bahamas.


Böhlke, J. E. 1969. Pariah scotius, a new sponge-dwelling gobiid fish from the Bahamas. Notulae Naturae (Philadelphia) No. 421: 1-7.

Other Notes

Frequently collected with a similar elongated goby, Evermannichthys metzelaari, in its host sponges (Böhlke, 1969).