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Species: Starksia y-lineata, Forked-bar blenny

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upper 2/3 body dark + row pale Y bars
red, head bright red, preopercle edge bright crescent
lips: dark bars

Starksia y-lineata Gilbert, 1965

Forked-bar blenny

Body elongate, compressed; bluntly pointed head; eye, nostril and nape cirri unbranched; dorsal fin XIX-XX (XVIII-XX), 8 (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 (12-14); pelvic fins I (internal), 2,  inserted before pectoral base; all fin rays unbranched; lateral line  continuous, front section arched, rear section straight, 15 (14-15) + 19 (18-19) scales; belly and pectoral base naked; smooth scales on rear of body.

Upper 2/3 of body back to tail base dark, with a series of narrow pale Y shaped bars; dark bars across lips; female with 6-7 dark spots in a line along rear edge of preopercle, and 4 along edge of operculum, male with a single large blotch on preopercle. Life colors: male: body with reddish background, particularly on lower part; all fins reddish; head bright red; a brilliant semicircle marking rear edge of preopercle; female colors less intense.

Reaches 2.5 cm.

Habitat: shoreline rock and coral heads.

Depth: 0.2-4 m.

Known only from Cayman Island

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Sessile worms
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Live birth
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species.
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species..
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • GC endemic
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Depth Range Max
  • 4
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Length Max
  • 2.5