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Species: Emblemaria caycedoi, Colombian Blenny

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snout blunt; eye cirrus short
D XIX-XXI: male - black front sail, I + flap, V longer

Emblemaria caycedoi Acero, 1984

Colombian Blenny

Body elongate; head short and blunt, not swollen behind eyes, without spines; 2 smooth longitudinal ridges on snout; 1 short unbranched cirrus over eye, nasal cirrus simple to with two points; 1 row of 14-16 teeth on each front-side of roof of mouth; dorsal fin XIX-XXI, 14-15, fin greatly elevated and sail-like at front in male, 1st spine relatively short, spine V longest, male with a flap-like flag on base of 1st spine; anal fin II, 22-23; pectoral 13; pelvics I (internal), inserted before pectoral base, longer than pectoral, with 3 obvious rays (3rd ray >1/4 length of longest ray); fin rays unbranched; no lateral line; no scales.

Preserved fish: pale brown with dark speckling, especially on front half; indistinct stripes on rear edge of preopercle and base of tail fin, small dark blotches on rear of cheek and along rear midflank; first 10 dorsal spines black; tail fin clear; pelvics with dark membranes.

Reaches 4.4 cm.

On rubble and sand bottoms.

Depth range: 1-11 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
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • 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
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 4.4
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 11