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Species: Emblemaria culmenis, Ridge-browed Sailfin Blenny

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head blunt
pair ridges between rear 1/2 eyes
eye cirrus 2.5X eye
D XXII, male: front high, spine IV longest
male D: front oblique bars, spot base spine I, ocellus - margin III-IV

Emblemaria culmenis Stephens, 1970

Ridge-browed Sailfin Blenny

Body elongate; head globular, without spines; 2 smooth longitudinal ridges on snout, a pair of obvious, convex bony ridges on rear half of area between eyes; 1 long (2.5X eye length in male), slender eye cirrus; 1 row of 13 teeth on each front-side of roof of mouth, 1 tooth at front of roof of mouth; dorsal fin XXII, 15, no flap-like flag on base of 1st spine in male, front of fin greatly elevated, 4th spine is longest; anal fin II, 24; pelvics I (internal), inserted before pectoral base, fin longer than pectoral, with 3 obvious rays (3rd ray >1/4 length of longest ray); pectoral 13; all fin rays unbranched; no lateral line; no scales.

Preserved fish: bronze, with 2 rows of wide 8 brown bars on body with narrow interspaces, one on mid-flank, the other under dorsal fin, those on mid-flank separated by thin Y-shaped bars; 2 dark oblique bars on cheek; dorsal fin with dark oblique bars at front, with a small dark spot on base of first spine and a small ocellus on margin of fin between spines III-V.

Reaches 6 cm.

Lives on soft bottoms.

Depth: 0-64 m.

The S 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 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 only
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 6
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 64