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Perciformes  -  Chaenopsidae  -  Chaenopsis  -  Chaenopsis alepidota

Chaenopsis alepidota

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male: orange throat, black D

D: 34-36

female: front D- black spot
back and sides - several rows white spots

center roof of mouth with teeth

tongue long


Chaenopsis alepidota (Gilbert, 1890)

Orange-throat pike-blenny

Body very elongate; head long; no cirri on head; snout long & strongly pointed;
 long mouth, usually reaching far behind eye, tip of lower jaw projecting; first 3 mandibular pores (counting from front of jaw) equally spaced; at least a few teeth on front of roof of mouth, tip of tongue extends forward at least as far as those teeth; dorsal fin XVIII-XX, 34-36, front half of fin moderately elevated in adult males;  anal rays II, 34-37; pectoral rays 12-13; tail fin rounded, joined to dorsal and anal fins.

Pale green with a longitudinal row of white spots along mid-sde and another along base of the dorsal fin; 8-10 dark brown to green bars usually evident on side; male  with black dorsal fin; blue-grey belly; blue-grey spots on body; black chin and throat and an orange stripe from the rear of the mouth across the operculum.

Size: to 15 cm.

Inhabits worm tubes on sand-rubble bottoms.

Depth: 1-25 m.

Southern California; the western and NE Gulf of California.

There are two subspecies, C. a. alepidota from the Gulf of California and C. alepidota californiensis, from California and northern Baja.

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