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Species: Chaenopsis stephensi, Venezuelan Pikeblenny

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body + snout short
2 pores over rear each eye, central pore between those
D XVII, 28
back 6 groups of dark bars
flank 5 dark diamonds

Chaenopsis stephensi Robins & Randall, 1965

Venezuelan Pikeblenny

Body elongate, but relatively short; head long; snout relatively short, equal to eye diameter; from above snout is bluntly V shaped; 2 pores above rear part of each eye, with a central pore between those; no cirri on head; long mouth, reaching far behind eye, tip of lower jaw projecting; 2nd pore on lower jaw distinctly closer to 1st than to third; 19-27 gill rakers; dorsal fin elevated at front, XVII, 28; anal fin II, 30; dorsal and anal joined to tail fin; pelvics I (internal), 2-3, inserted before pectoral base; tail rounded; all fin rays unbranched; no lateral line; no scales.

Preserved fish: body with 5 dark diamond-shaped blotches along mid-flank, 6 groups of 3 dark bars across back.

Reaches at least 5 cm.

Habitat rubble bottoms?

Depth 42-206 m.

SE & NW 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
  • 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 endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 5
Depth Range Min
  • 42
Depth Range Max
  • 206