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Perciformes  -  Labrisomidae  -  Labrisomus  -  Labrisomus dendriticus

Labrisomus dendriticus

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Labrisomus dendriticus (Reid, 1935)

Dendritic blenny,     Bravo blenny, Bravo clinid

Body robust; head broad, snout blunt; eye large; nostrils with cirri; a branched cirrus over each eye; large bunch of heavily branched cirri on each side of nape; mouth large, slightly oblique, top rear jawbone exposed, not in a sheath;  an enlarged canine behind patch of small teeth on each side of upper and lower jaw; roof of mouth - teeth at sides larger than those at center front;  dorsal fin XX, 10-12, first 4 spines very tall, then fin indented, also notched between spines and rays; anal rays II, 19-20; pectoral rays 13; 3 pelvic soft rays; 59-65 lateral line scales; head scaleless.

Greenish brown with strongly mottled pattern, usually a series of 4-5 diffuse dark bars on side and relatively large blackish spot on upper portion of gill cover; median fins with oblique dark bands or small spots; nuptial males:  overall white with a series of black double bars on side and bright orange markings on the gill cover.

Size: reaches at least 13 cm.

Habitat: the most abundant member of the genus at the Galapagos, it occurs on shallow, weed-covered rocky reefs.

Depth: 1-25 m.

Galapagos and Malpelo Island.

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