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Species: Paraclinus cingulatus, Coral Blenny

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nape cirri short wattles
dark bar under eye; operculum white
front body: 3 strong bars onto D & A
C base: thin black bar

Paraclinus cingulatus (Evermann & Marsh, 1899)

Coral Blenny

Elongate, snout bluntly pointed; no barbell on tip of chin; cirri on nostrils, short 3-4 pointed cirrus over eyes, short, wattle-like cirri on both sides of nape; opercle with spiny projection; dorsal fin XXVII-XXVIII flexible spines, deep notch between 3rd and 4th dorsal spines, front spines elevated, 0 rays; anal fin II, 15-16; pectorals usually 12; pelvic fins I (internal), 2; all fin rays unbranched; no scales on pectoral base; lateral line complete, continuous, arched over pectoral fin, 27-31 scales; smooth scales on rear of body.

Cream to tan; head mottled with black and red, a dark bar down and back from eye; body orange above, white below, with 3-4 black bars, front 3 are strongest, and extend well onto dorsal and anal fins; dorsal fin without ocellus; tail fin pale, with a thin dark bar at its base.

Reaches 2.4 cm.

Lives in coral rubble on reefs and in tide pools.

Depth range: 0-10 m.

The Bahamas to the SW Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Live birth
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
  • 2.4
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10