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Species: Paraclinus infrons, Bald Blenny

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snout long, pointed
snout & lower head white
cirri: eye only
D: front 2 spines form high triangle
rear D 2 small ocelli

Paraclinus infrons Bohlke, 1960

Bald Blenny

Elongate, snout relatively long (11-11.9% SL), pointed; no barbell on tip of chin; a broad, flattened cirrus with 3 stubby points over eye, none on nostrils or on nape; front nostril a relatively long tube; opercle with spiny projection; dorsal fin composed primarily of flexible spines, XXVI-XXVIII, 1 ray, deep notch between 3rd and 4th dorsal spines, front 2 spines greatly elevated in an elongate triangle; anal fin II, 17-18; pectoral 12; pelvic fins I (internal), 2; all fin rays unbranched; lateral line complete, continuous, arched over pectoral fin, 33 scales; smooth scales on rear of body.

Head and body red to red-brown, top of snout, cheek and throat white; two small ocelli on rear base of dorsal fin, none on anal fin; dorsal and anal fins with a series of dark bars, 1st bar on dorsal on elevated front spines; tail fin clear.

Reaches 2.4 cm.

Lives on reef dropoffs.

Depth range: 1-48 m.

The Bahamas to the central Caribbean.

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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
  • 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
  • 2.4
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 48