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Species: Emblemaria atlantica, Banner blenny

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snout pointed
groove -side of nape
male: dark brown; D XXI-XXII, peak in center spines
female body: white, dark-edged bars
eye cirrus barred, up to 3X eye

Emblemaria atlantica Jordan & Evermann, 1898

Banner blenny

Body elongate; head relatively long and pointed, without spines; 2 smooth longitudinal ridges on snout; no bony ridges between eyes; a groove bordered by fleshy folds on each side of head from eye to dorsal fin (larger in male, absent in juvenile), a papilla at the front of those folds; 1 un-branched cirrus over eye, up to 3 times as long as eye in male; 1 row of teeth on each front-side of roof of mouth; dorsal fin XXI-XXII, 14-16, center of spiny section much higher in male, peaking at spine VII, without a skin flap at base of 1st spine;  anal fin II, 23 (21-23); pelvics I (internal), inserted before pectoral base, longer than pectoral, with 3 obvious rays (3rd ray ¼-1/2  length of longest ray); pectoral usually 14; all fin rays unbranched; no lateral line; no scales.

Male: dark reddish brown head and body; flank with a row of faint oblong pale blotches, pale saddles along upper back; dorsal fin with oblique dark bars or dark brown spiny part; tail fin clear; anal fin pale with dark spots along base to entirely dark brown; eye and nasal cirri barred; head with mottling. Female:  mid-brown with mottling at front; 6 white bars outlined by dark lines on flank, dorsal fin with oblique spotted bars.

Reaches 7.5 cm.

Lives in rubble around reefs.

Depth range: 30-110 m on the continent; to intertidal at Bermuda.

Bermuda to the Gulf of Mexico.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Barnacles & worm tubes
  • Rocks
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Planktivore
  • No Data
Diet
  • Zooplankton
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continental primarily
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Continent
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
CITES
  • Not listed
Depth Range Max
  • 110
Depth Range Min
  • 30
Length Max
  • 7.5