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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.


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Salinity
  • Marine Only
  • Marine
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
Diet
  • Sessile worms
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Live birth
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s) only
  • Island (s)
  • GC endemic
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 7
Length Max
  • 2.7