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Species: Paraclinus naeorhegmis, Surf blenny

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body: bars + row white blotches
D front spines elevated, 1 ocellus, 6 bars
A no ocellus, 4 bars

Paraclinus naeorhegmis Bohlke, 1960

Surf blenny

Elongate, snout bluntly pointed; no barbell on tip of chin; cirri on nostrils (simple or with up to 4 finger-like projections), over eyes (tip rounded, with 4-7 lobes); 2 nape cirri, each with 2-6 finger like projections; opercle with spiny projection; dorsal fin composed primarily of flexible spines, XXVI-XXVII, with 0-2 rays, deep notch between 3rd and 4th dorsal spines, front spines elevated; pectorals usually 13; pelvic fins I (internal), 2; all fin rays unbranched; several rows of scales on pectoral base; lateral line complete, continuous, arched over pectoral fin, 29-30 scales; smooth scales on rear of body.

Brown, mottled, with 3-4 irregular dark bars on rear of body; a white blotch from behind eye to base of pectoral fin, several more whitish blotches behind that; dorsal fin with 6 dark bars (1st on the elevated front spines), anal fin with 4 dark bars; 1 small ocellus on rear 1/3 of dorsal fin, none on anal fin.

Reaches 2.8 cm.

Lives in eroded rocky areas, with algal mats and sea urchins.

Depth range: 0-7 m.

The Bahamas to the SW Caribbean.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Rocks
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
Diet
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Island (s)
  • Continent
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 2.8
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 7