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Species: Starksia nanodes, Dwarf Blenny

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~7 bars extending only D base, interspaces narrow
C base: 2 dark fans + thin white bar behind

Starksia nanodes Bohlke & Springer, 1961

Dwarf Blenny

Body elongate, compressed; bluntly pointed head; eye, nostril and nape cirri unbranched; dorsal fin XVIII, 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 usually 13-14; pelvic fins I (internal), 2, inserted before pectoral base; all fin rays unbranched; lateral line continuous, front section arched, rear section straight, 13 (12-14) + 21 (20-22) scales; belly and pectorals naked; smooth scales on rear of body.

Pale brown; a broad white band between eyes with a narrow extension down the middle of the snout; an oblique dark blotch down and back from eye; body with a series of ~7 indistinct reddish-brown bars with narrow interspaces, upper part of interspaces may be white, both bars and interspaces extend onto dorsal fin, the former as spots; a pair of large fan-shaped dark brown blotches with a thin white bar behind them at base of tail fin.

Reaches 2.2 cm.

Lives in coral-rich areas, typically on dropoffs.

Depth range: 11-30 m.

The Bahamas to the S Caribbean.

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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 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
  • 2.2
Depth Range Min
  • 11
Depth Range Max
  • 30