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Species: Starksia hassi, Ringed Blenny

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nasal cirrus long
broad dark bars + narrow pale bars with dark center line
D base: pair red spots above each dark body bar, white bar between those
pelvic: 3 obvious

Starksia hassi Klausewitz, 1958

Ringed Blenny

Body elongate, compressed; bluntly pointed head; eye, nostril and nape cirri unbranched, nasal cirri long; dorsal fin XIX ( XIX-XXI), 8-9, 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 usually 13-14; pelvic fins I (internal), 3, all obvious, innermost ~1/4 length of second, inserted before pectoral base; all fin rays unbranched; lateral line continuous, front section arched, rear section straight, 15 (14-16) + 22-25 scales; belly and pectoral base naked; smooth scales on rear of body.

Body pale red brown to pale purplish brown; 2 small dark spots under eye, a pale or white blotch behind lower corner of eye; small dark spots or an irregular thin dark line along lower edge of operculum; cheek tends to be darker than rest of head, and there may be a dark blotch at lower corner of preoperculum that may extend onto operculum itself; body with indistinct dark bars, with narrower pale interspaces that form pale rings; unpaired fins with rows of red spots; dorsal fin with a pair of strong red spots on base of fin above each body bar, and a white bar between those, above each pale body bar, sometimes extending down into that pale bar; a small dark bar across lower corner of base of pectoral fin, sometimes 2 dark spots on base of fin rays.

Reaches 4 cm.

Lives in areas of rich coral development, often in tube sponges.

Depth range: 1-20 m.

The Bahamas to the S Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Sea anemones
  • 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 endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 4
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 20