Hemieleotris latifasciata (Meek & Hildebrand, 1912)
Pygmy sleeper
Hemieleotris latifasciata
photo by Artigas Azas, J.M.

Family:  Eleotridae (Bully sleepers), subfamily: Eleotrinae
Max. size:  12 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Central and South America: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua to southern Colombia on the Pacific drainage.
Diagnosis:  Body with a black band along the body; back greenish brown, sides yellowish and belly pearl white. A band bordered above and below by iridescent greenish yellow stripes present from the tip of the snout to the middle of the tail. Dorsal fin with some dark spots near the base; caudal fin transparent except fo the lateral band extending onto the middle rays; paired fins and anal fin transparent. Both adults and juveniles have the same coloration (Ref. 36880).
Biology:  Collected from rivers, creeks and ditches between 5 and 100 m elevation in stagnant waters or waters of low to moderate current velocity; at temperatures of 25-30°C. Abundant among undergrowth or vegetation where it feeds on aquatic insects (Ref. 36880).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 07 February 2020 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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