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Species: Starksia leucovitta, White Saddle Blenny

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top lips - white bars; oblique white bar under eye
opercle to pectoral base - 2 red bars, pale between
red-brown, wavy red bars that extend onto D base

Starksia leucovitta Williams & Mounts, 2003

White Saddle Blenny

Body elongate, compressed; bluntly pointed head; eye, nostril and nape cirri unbranched; dorsal fin XVIII-XIX, 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; pelvic fins I (internal), 2, inserted before pectoral base; all fin rays unbranched; lateral line continuous, front section arched, rear section straight, 15 (15-16) + 20 (19-21) scales; belly naked; smooth scales on rear of body.

Red brown; head with 4 white bars on top lips; a short oblique white bar down from rear part of eye; edge of preopercle white; a red spot on chin, a dark bar under throat; iris red, with an inner yellow ring; two brown bars separated by a pale bar from top edge of operculum to pectoral base; body with wavy red or brown bars on a pale background that extend onto base of dorsal fin; dorsal rays not covered by red bars, have a yellow spot at base; dorsal, tail and anal fins with red spots on rays, forming wavy lines on dorsal and anal.

Reaches 3.6 cm.

Lives in coralline rock and rubble areas.

Depth range: 3-30 m.

The E Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • 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
  • Antilles endemic
  • Caribbean endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.6
Depth Range Min
  • 3
Depth Range Max
  • 30