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Species: Starksia fasciata, Blackbar Blenny

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red-brown; 7 complete dark bars
male - black blotch on cheek
female - rows dots on edges preopercle & opercle

Starksia fasciata (Longley, 1934)

Blackbar Blenny

Body elongate, compressed; bluntly pointed head; eye, nostril and nape cirri unbranched; dorsal fin XIX-XX, 7-8, 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 usually 13; pelvic fins I (internal), 2, inserted before pectoral base; all fin rays unbranched; lateral line continuous, front section arched, rear section straight, 15 (14-16) + 19 (19-20) scales; belly naked except a row of scales in front of the anus in some large adults; smooth scales on rear of body.

Grey-brown to red-brown; body with 7 complete dark bars separated by broader pale interspaces, another bar across nape; 1-2 red spots on dorsal fin base above each body bar; male with a large dark blotch on cheek; female with a row of small dark spots along edge of preopercle and another along edge of opercle.

Reaches 2.7 cm.

Shallow rocky and weedy areas.

Depth range: 0-7 m.

The Bahamas to Cuba; the NE Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • 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 endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • 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
  • 2.7
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 7