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Species: Haptoclinus apectolophus, Uncombed four-fin blenny, Uncombed Fourfin Blenny

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D: spine II longest, 13-14
body & fins: no spots
3/4 body scaled
pectoral 13
NW Caribbean

Haptoclinus apectolophus Bohlke & Robins, 1974

Uncombed four-fin blenny

Body elongate; head large, pointed, without spines or papillae; front nostril in a long tube, rear nostril a hole with a flap; mouth large, oblique, opens at the front;  front edge of the top lip free of snout; teeth small, pointed, on both jaws (1 row, a second inner row of 2-5 teeth at front) and in 1 row on center and sides of roof of mouth; no opercular spine; dorsal fin in 4 parts, III+I+XIII-XIV spines, spine II is longest, a low membrane connecting last spine & 1st ray, + 13-14 rays, fin starts on head, over preoperculum; anal fin II, 20 (20-21); pectoral 13, pointed in center, reaches back to over 3rd anal fin ray; pelvic fin I, 3, last ray reduced to a tiny knob the size of the rudimentary spine; tail fin truncate; fin rays all unbranched; body covered with small, smooth, thin overlapping scales except on front  of back and  on belly; 41 scales along mid-side; no lateral line tubes or canals on body.

Color (preserved fish): pale, more pigment on lower half of head and body than on top half; dorsal fin with 1st spine dark, rest of fin speckled with tiny spots; tail fin clear; anal fin with basal 2/3 darker than any other fin, outer 1/3 clear.

Reaches 3.1cm

Lives on soft bottom.

Depth range: 174-366 m.

Known only from 2 specimens collected at Arrowsmith Bank, NW Caribbean.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
Habitat
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
Diet
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Brooded
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • All species.
Regional Endemism
  • All species..
  • Continent only
  • Caribbean endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Continent
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Data deficient
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.1
Depth Range Min
  • 174
Depth Range Max
  • 366