Tessellate goby, Coryogalops tessellatus Randall, 1994 (Teleostei: Gobiidae), an additional fish element for the Iranian marine waters



The gobiid genus Coryogalops is a group of small-sized benthic fishes, living in calm shallow waters of estuaries and lagoons in the coasts of central and western Indian Ocean, Red Sea and southeastern Atlantic Ocean. This study presents the first record of Tessellate goby, Coryogalops tessellatus Randall, 1994 from the Iranian intertidal coast of Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz. The morphological description and coloration of collected individuals are provided.


Gobies, Biodiversity, Taxonomic Diversity, Morphology, Geographical range, Indian Ocean.

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