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Species: Gobioclinus filamentosus, Quillback Blenny

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male -front D stronger colors
D XXI, spines I-III long, longer in male
opercle: strong black & whiter ocellus

Gobioclinus filamentosus Springer, 1960

Quillback Blenny

Body robust; head broad, snout bluntly pointed; eye large; cirrus over each eye in form of a fleshy tab with a shredded margin, 2 or more cirri each with 3 tips 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, some at least are distinctly larger than teeth at front of roof of mouth; notch between spines and rays of dorsal fin, XXI, 12, first 3 spines greatly elongated in both sexes, long and flexible, with fleshy flags in male, membrane between those spines deeply indented in male, less so in female; anal fin II, 19; pectoral rays 13, membranes between rays indented to as much as 60% of ray length; pelvic fins with 1 internal spine, 3 soft rays, length of shortest ray >½ length of longest ray, inserted before pectoral base; all fin rays unbranched; 65-66 lateral line scales; lateral line tubes or canals at least on front of body; smooth scales on rear of body.

Pale tan to mid-brown; body with 4 irregular dark brown bars that are as wide as the interspaces, and extend onto the inner 2/3 of the dorsal fin, a large blue-black, white edged ocellus on operculum, much of pectorals whitish. Male: raised front of dorsal fin with a large brown and yellow striped blotch fading to white behind, filaments of those spines white, yellow-orange spots along outer edge of the rear half of dorsal fin; with a thin white to yellow stripe across cheek to lower part of opercular ocellus. Female: raised front of dorsal fin grayish, with rows of brown dots on spines, rest of fin with brown bars and dots on a whitish background.

Reaches 12 cm.

Lives on coral formations.

Depth range: 12-120 m, usually in deep water.

The Bahamas to the S Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Sea-stars/cucumbers/urchins
Egg Type
  • Brooded
  • Data
  • No pelagic larva
  • No pelagic phase
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 12
Depth Range Min
  • 12
Depth Range Max
  • 120