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Species: Acanthemblemaria johnsoni, Whitecheeked Blenny

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forehead spines: many, short, blunt, with papilla
eye cirrus unbranched
D XXIV, 12-13
head & front body dark
row white blotches - operculum to rear body
male: black head and front body and D

Acanthemblemaria johnsoni Almany & Baldwin, 1996

Whitecheeked Blenny

Body elongate; short blunt head; blunt spines (each covered with a simple tapering papilla) from snout to <1/2 way between rear of eye and dorsal fin; cirri on nostrils and over eyes (1 pair, usually unbranched), but not on nape; multiple rows of well-developed teeth on side of roof of mouth; dorsal fin, XXIV, 12-13, a notch between spiny and soft parts; pelvics I (internal), 2-3, inserted before pectoral base; all fin rays unbranched; no lateral line; no scales.

Light tan, with a dark head and front body; an oval dark blotch behind eye, followed by a row of bright white blotches on operculum, the pectoral base and back along the flank; front 2/3 of body with dark bars (1st above pectoral base, last near last dorsal soft ray), each about as wide as distance between 2/3 dorsal fin elements and is darkest at mid-side; dorsal fin pigment at tips of spines I-IX, darkest at front. Males with black head, body and dorsal fin back to level of mid-belly.

Reaches 3.1 cm.

Lives in worm tubes and holes on reefs and rocky bottoms.

Depth range: 0-12 m.

SE 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
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.1
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 12