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Species: Emblemaria hyltoni, Filament Blenny

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head blunt
eye cirrus 2X eye
D XXI-XXIII, I & II filamentous (I = 2/3 SL), I no flaps, black & white stripes
body orange & white spots

Emblemaria hyltoni Johnson & Greenfield, 1976

Filament Blenny

Body elongate; head short and blunt, without spines; 2 smooth longitudinal ridges on snout; 1 unbranched cirrus over eye that is ~twice eye length; head cirri shorter in female 1 row of teeth on each side of roof of mouth; dorsal fin XXI-XXIII, 14-16, an obvious gap between spines II-IV, first 2 spines of male very long and filamentous, the 1st spine ~2/3 SL, rest of front of fin not elevated, female has same elongate spines as male at front of dorsal fin, rest of fin a bit lower than that of male; anal fin II, 23; pelvics I (internal), inserted before pectoral base, longer than pectoral, with 2 obvious rays (3rd ray vestigial or <1/5 length of longest ray); pectoral 14; all fin rays unbranched; no lateral line; no scales.

Body cream, with faint irregular dark bars on upper body; two rows of white spots from behind eye along body, top row of 14 spots alternates with small burnt orange spots along under first 8 spines of dorsal fin, 7 in row along mid-flank to under 20th dorsal spine, orange spots between front 2 white spots of lower row; a white or orange spot before pectoral base; head cream, with dark dots, edge of preopercle with 6 white spots, midline of operculum burnt orange; iris yellow, a black ring around eye; long spines at front of dorsal fin black, with 11 white stripes, remainder of fin with black base, white outer edge; anal fin black with white edge; tail fin with clear base, black remainder; pectoral clear; pelvics black on base, rest clear. Female is less pigmented than male.

Reaches 2.6 cm.

Found on coral rock walls, under ledges and on rubble fields

Depth range: 15-20 m.

NW Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Barnacles & worm tubes
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • 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
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 2.6
Depth Range Min
  • 15
Depth Range Max
  • 20