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Species: Paraclinus fasciatus, Banded Blenny

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nape cirri: paddles with 3 points
dark oblique bar under eye
D: front not v high; 1-2 (0-4) ocelli
C base: 2 dark spots form a bar

Paraclinus fasciatus (Steindachner, 1876)

Banded Blenny

Elongate, snout bluntly pointed; no barbell on tip of chin; cirri on nostrils, a slender 1-4 pointed cirrus over each eye, a paddle-like cirrus with 3 points at tip on each side of nape; opercle with spiny projection; dorsal fin XXVIII-XXXI, flexible spines, deep notch between 3rd and 4th dorsal spines, front spines slightly elevated, 0 rays; anal fin II, 17-20; pectorals usually 13; pelvic fins I (internal), 2; all fin rays unbranched; 2-3 rows of scales on pectoral base; lateral line complete, continuous, arched over pectoral fin, 32-38 scales; smooth scales on rear of body.

Tan to grey-brown; a dark bar down from eye; irregular darker bars along body that extend onto dorsal and anal fins; a dark bar composed of 2 joined spots on base of tail fin; 0-4 ocelli on dorsal fin; nape cirri dark, especially in males.

Reaches 6.1 cm.

Lives in seagrass beds, rock, rubble and shallow reefs.

Depth range: 0-12 m, usually < 3 m.

Florida to the S Caribbean.

Note: Its Brazilian sister species is P. arcanus.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Submerged vegetation
  • 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
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 6.1
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 12