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Species: Brockius albigenys, Whitecheek blenny

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oblique black-edged white bar under eye
front D:spot
no opercular ocellus
body - grid dark spots, fins yellow

Brockius albigenys Beebe & Tee-Van, 1928

Whitecheek blenny

Body robust; head broad, snout blunt; eye large; a branched cirrus over each eye, 2 or more heavily branched cirri on each side of nape; mouth large, slightly oblique, rear of top jawbone exposed, not in a sheath; patches of small teeth behind outer row of large teeth on upper jaw; teeth present on sides of roof of mouth, those are smaller or equal to teeth at front of roof of mouth; notch between spines and rays of dorsal fin, XVIII, 11, 1st spine shorter than following spines; anal fin II, 18; pelvic fins with I internal spine, 3 soft rays, 3rd ray vestigial, inserted before pectoral base; all fin rays unbranched; 40-44 lateral line scales; lateral line tubes or canals at least on front of body; smooth scales on rear of body.

Dusky brown, body with 8 faint darker bars and a  grid of dark spots; an oblique, black-edged white bar under eye; no ocellus on operculum; a dark spot at front of dorsal fin; fins, belly and throat yellow.

Reaches 6.5 cm.

Found in areas with good coral cover, in exposed situations.

Depth range: 0-15 m.

Bahamas to the S Caribbean.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Corals
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
Diet
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 6.5
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 15