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Species: Chaenopsis megalops, Bigeye Pike-blenny

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pore above rear edge eye
eye large
male front D: low, small ocellus
dark spot: behind eye, corner of mouth
flank: 9 pr double spots

Chaenopsis megalops Smith-Vaniz, 2000

Bigeye Pike-blenny

Body very elongate; head long; snout long & strongly pointed, but relatively short, bluntly U shaped when viewed from above; eye large (4.8-5.5% of SL); 1 pore above rear edge of each eye, with a central pore between those two; no cirri on head; long mouth, reaching far behind eye, tip of lower jaw projecting; 14-15 gill rakers; dorsal fin XVII-XVIII, 35-36, front of fin low in male; anal fin II, 36; dorsal and anal fins broadly connected to tail fin; pelvics I (internal), 2-3, inserted before pectoral base; tail fin rounded; all fin rays unbranched; no lateral line; no scales.

Nine pairs of double spots along side behind pectoral fin; a black oval spot above corner of mouth at level of lower edge of eye; a dark pupil-sized spot on cheek behind eye; males with a small ocellus between dorsal spines II-III.

Reaches 11 cm.

Habitat: trawled from soft bottoms.

Depth range: 60-79 m.

SW Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Barnacles & worm tubes
  • Mud
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 11
Depth Range Min
  • 60
Depth Range Max
  • 79