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Species: Chaenopsis roseola, Flecked Pikeblenny

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body & snout short
D XVII-XVIII, 26-28, low both sexes
flank: 8 black blotches
cheek - 2-3 elongate rusty blotches
male front D: black blotch
pectoral 12-14
female: paired rust blotches above A

Chaenopsis roseola Hastings & Shipp, 1981

Flecked Pikeblenny

Body very elongate, but relatively short for this genus; head long; snout long & strongly pointed, but relatively short for the genus; no cirri on head; long mouth, reaching far behind eye, tip of lower jaw projecting; dorsal fin low in both sexes, XVII- XVIII, 26-28; anal fin II, 29-30; dorsal and anal joined to tail fin; tail rounded; pelvics I (internal), 2-3, inserted before pectoral base; pectoral 12-14; all fin rays unbranched; no lateral line; no scales.

Straw colored, lower side of body with 8 black blotches, 1st over mid-belly, last on tail base, 1st 6 are inverted triangles, last 2 are horizontally elongated, some of front blotches with rusty flecks inside them; upper back with dark saddles above first 7 blotches, plus one more before pectoral base; rusty flecks on preoperculum, operculum, snout and around mouth, cheek with 2-3 horizontally elongate rusty blotches; males with black blotch between first 4 dorsal spines; female with paired rusty spots along lower body above anal fin .

Reaches 4.8 cm.

Lives in areas of shelly rubble.

Depth range: 30-64 m.

North Carolina to Caribbean Mexico.

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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
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • 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 non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends North of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 4.8
Depth Range Min
  • 30
Depth Range Max
  • 64