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Species: Starksia elongata, Elongate Blenny

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behind eye: black stripe with white spot at end
7 narrow dark bars

Starksia elongata Gilbert, 1971

Elongate Blenny

Body elongate, compressed; bluntly pointed head; eye, nostril and nape cirri unbranched; dorsal fin XXI (XX-XXI), 8 (7-9), a notch between spines and rays; 1st anal spine of male long, free from rest of fin, modified as sexual organ, no ridge or fold along anal fin base; pectorals 14; pelvic fins I (internal), 2, inserted before pectoral base; all fin rays unbranched; lateral line continuous, front section arched, rear section straight, usually 17-18 + 21 (20-22) scales; belly naked; smooth scales on rear of body.

Pale grey-brown to reddish brown; body with 7 narrow dark bars separated by broad (twice as wide) interspaces, those bars extending onto bases of dorsal and anal fins; irregular white spots on the pale interspaces; an irregular dark stripe back from eye meets a dark blotch with a white spot in its center on operculum; tail fin base with 2 narrow dark blotches.

Reaches 3.2 cm.

Habitat coral formations and surge channels on windward reefs.

Depth range: 0-6 m.

The Bahamas to Brazil.

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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
  • Sessile worms
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Live birth
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.2
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 6