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Species: Gobioclinus haitiensis, Longfin Blenny

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D XX-XXI, 1st spine longest
no opercular ocellus, dark bar under eye
body bars onto D & A, 2nd bar narrow
C base: 3 light spots
pelvics long

Gobioclinus haitiensis Beebe & Tee-Van, 1928

Longfin 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, some of those are distinctly larger than teeth at front of roof of mouth; notch between spines and rays of dorsal fin, XX, 10-12, 1st spine longest; anal fin II, usually 20-21; pelvic fins long, with 1 internal spine, 3 soft rays, length of 3rd <½ length of longest ray, inserted before pectoral base; all fin rays unbranched; pectoral rays usually 14; 43-46 lateral line scales; lateral line tubes or canals at least on front of body; smooth scales on rear of body.

Head dark; 6-7 dark brown bars from top to bottom of body, front bars extend onto dorsal and anal fins, 2nd bar narrow; no ocellus on operculum; dark bar down from eye; all fins speckled or barred; anal fin barred; tail fin base with 3 light spots.

Reaches 7.1 cm.

Lives on patch reefs and often in live coral formations, in situations varying from dropoffs to lagoons.

Depth range: 3-24 m.

The Gulf of Mexico to the S Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Rocks
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Sponges
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
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
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 7.1
Depth Range Min
  • 3
Depth Range Max
  • 24