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Species: Labrisomus nuchipinnis, Hairy Blenny

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nuchal cirri not reaching D
eye cirri < eye diameter
D: 1st 2 spines < 3rd, dark spot at front
body bars onto D & A, but not to edge
male: red front & fins
operculum : black & white ocellus

Labrisomus nuchipinnis (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824)

Hairy Blenny

Body robust; head broad, snout blunt; eye large; a branched cirrus over each eye, length of that cirrus < eye diameter; 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; 11-12 (10-13) gill rakers; large fish with more than 2 pores at tip of chin; notch between spines and rays of dorsal fin, XVII-XX, 1st 2 spines shorter than 3rd spine, 10-13; anal fin II, usually 18; pelvic fins with 1 internal spine, 3 soft rays, 3rd ray >1/2 length of 1st ray, inserted before pectoral base; all fin rays unbranched; 64-69 lateral line scales; lateral line tubes or canals at least on front of body; smooth scales on rear of body.

Color highly variable, from pale with light brown bars, those bars extend onto dorsal fin but do not reach outer edge of fin; males vary from yellowish to greenish to almost black with red head, fins, chin and belly; head with small pale spots in a mesh of dark lines; a well developed black, white ringed ocellus on operculum; a dark blotch at front of dorsal fin (except in small juveniles).

Reaches 22 cm.

Patch reefs, coral formations, coral rubble.

Depth range: 0-21 m; typically < 3 m.

The E and W Atlantic; Bermuda to Brazil.

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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 crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Sea-stars/cucumbers/urchins
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • Transatlantic (East+West Atlantic)
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-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
  • 22
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 21