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Species: Labrisomus filamentosus, Quillfin blenny

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

Labrisomus filamentosus Springer, 1960

Quillfin 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: 12-91 m, usually in deep water.

The Bahamas to the S Caribbean.


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Salinity
  • Marine Only
  • Marine
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
  • Corals
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
Diet
  • Sea-stars/cucumbers/urchins
  • No Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Brooded
  • No pelagic phase
  • No pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • GC endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • 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
  • Least concern
  • Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Depth Range Min (m)
  • 12
Depth Range Max (m)
  • 91
Length Max (cm)
  • 12