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Species: Starksia ocellata, Checkered blenny

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3 rows indistinct dark blotches
side head: pale area with dark-ringed orange spots
lips without bars
pectoral base: several dark-ringed orange spots

Starksia ocellata (Steindachner, 1876)

Checkered blenny

Body elongate, compressed; bluntly pointed head; eye, nostril and nape cirri unbranched, tiny; dorsal fin  XXI (XX-XXII), 8 (6-9), 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; anal fin II, 17-20; pectorals usually 14; pelvic fins I (internal), 2, inserted before pectoral base; all fin rays unbranched; lateral line  continuous, front section arched, rear section straight, 17 (16-20) + 20-22 (20-23) scales; belly naked; smooth scales on rear of body.

Uniform to having 3 rows of indistinct dark blotches along body; sides of head and opercle with small dark outlined yellow to orange spots on a broad, unbranched pale area behind eye; lips without dark bars; pectoral base with several dark-ringed orange spots.

Reaches 6 cm.

Lives in coral and eroded coralline rock, also in sponges.

Depth range:  0-24 m.

N Carolina to the Gulf of Mexico.

Note: Its Brazilian sister species is S. brasiliensis.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
Diet
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Sessile worms
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Live birth
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • Continent
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Continent + Island (s)
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 6
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 24