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Species: Paraclinus grandicomis, Horned Blenny

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eye cirri v long (reach D), broad, fringed
brown, fins barred
C dark base, rest clear

Paraclinus grandicomis (Rosen, 1911)

Horned Blenny

Elongate, snout bluntly pointed; no barbell on tip of chin; cirri on nostrils, long broad, often fringed cirri on eyes reach to dorsal fin; a short cirrus on each sides of nape; opercle with simple spine that does not reach under 3rd dorsal spine; dorsal fin XXV-XXVII flexible spines, 1 ray, deep notch between 3rd and 4th dorsal spines, front spines elevated; anal fin II, 16-18; pectorals 12; pelvic fins I (internal), 3; all fin rays unbranched; 2 rows of scales on base of pectoral fin; lateral line complete, continuous, arched over pectoral fin, 27-29 scales; smooth scales on rear of body.

Brown head and body, with some pale mottling; dorsal and anal fins with dark brown bars, pale edges; tail fin with dark base, rest of fin clear; no ocellus on dorsal fin or anal fin.

Reaches 3.8 cm.

Lives in sponges on shallow reefs, and in shells in seagrass beds.

Depth range: 0-3 m.

The Bahamas to the SE Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Sponges
  • Submerged vegetation
  • 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
  • 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
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.8
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 3