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Species: Chaenopsis ocellata, Bluethroat Pikeblenny

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head high, profile ascends to D, V shaped
D XVIII-XX, 33-36
male front D: blotch but no ocellus
pectoral 12-14

Chaenopsis ocellata Poey, 1865

Bluethroat Pikeblenny

Body very elongate, relatively robust; head long, elevated, its upper profile ascending to dorsal fin origin; snout long & strongly pointed, from above bluntly V shaped; pore on center of head in line with or slightly behind pore above rear of each eye; no cirri on head; long mouth, reaching far behind eye, tip of lower jaw projecting; dorsal fin often elevated at front, XVIII-XX, 34-35 (33-36); anal fin II, 34-37; dorsal and anal joined to tail fin; pelvics I (internal), 2-3, inserted before pectoral base; pectoral 12-14; tail rounded; all fin rays unbranched; no lateral line; no scales.

Sandy brown to greenish, sides of body with dark bars; throat membranes dark. Male: head dusky, throat membranes yellow to black, with blue ridges; iris orange; dorsal fin with irregular black, white and orange marks between dorsal spines I-II, without a true ocellus; front of fin pale pinkish grey; body with whitish blue spots along sides.

Reaches 12.3 cm.

Lives in worm tubes in silty seagrass beds, and sandy areas with rubble and shells..

Depth range: 0-12 m, usually in < 2 m.

Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, Cuba.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Barnacles & worm tubes
  • 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
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 12.3
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 12