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Species: Acanthemblemaria greenfieldi, False Papillose Blenny, Stalk Blenny

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forehead: short knobs on 2 ridges, no papillae
spots on throat & behind eyes
eye cirrus moderately branched, branches without fingers
D: flap at front, front dark blotch, no pale spots
upper body - alternating rows dark spots

Acanthemblemaria greenfieldi Smith-Vaniz & Palacio, 1974

Stalk Blenny, False Papillose Blenny

Body elongate; short blunt head; short knobby spines on a pair of ridges from snout to between eyes; no papillae between eyes; multiple rows of well-developed teeth on side of roof of mouth; 1 pair of moderately branched cirri over eyes that lack fingers; nostrils with cirri; dorsal fin XXI-XXIV, 16-19, front of fin with fleshy flap, no notch between spiny and soft parts; anal fin II, 25-28; pelvics I (internal), 2-3, inserted before pectoral base; all fin rays unbranched; no lateral line; no scales.

Mid-brown to yellowish; small irregular dark & pale spots behind eyes and on throat; several alternating rows of dark brown spots along upper side of body; a dark blotch between dorsal spine I-IV, fin without pale spots; a yellow stripe along the border of the spinous dorsal,

Reaches 4 cm.

Lives in holes on patch reefs in clear water.

Depth range: 1-14 m.

W to Central Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Barnacles & worm tubes
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 4
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 14