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Species: Emblemaria vitta, Ribbon Blenny

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snout pointed
eye cirri: broad, long ribbons (2X eye)
D XVII-XX, male - spines ~V longest
male: D black, gold blotch - front base
D 13; A 19

Emblemaria vitta Williams, 2002

Ribbon Blenny

Body elongate; head relatively long, snout pointed; head without spines; 2 rough longitudinal ridges on snout; 1 unbranched broad, ribbon-like cirrus about twice eye-length over eye; 1 row of teeth on each side of roof of mouth; dorsal fin XVII-XX, 13, 1st spine of male not elongate, without skin flaps; anal fin II, 19; pelvics I (internal), inserted before pectoral base, fin longer than pectoral, with 2 obvious rays (3rd ray vestigial or <1/5 length of longest ray); pectoral fin 13; all fin rays unbranched; no lateral line; no scales.

Head and body pale brown with rows of small brown spots to entirely dark brown, rear half cream; front 1/3 of dorsal fin either black or pale brown with several longitudinal rows of small dark spots, a large orange blotch covering bases of spines I-IV, rear 1/3 pale; iris red, with an inner yellow ring; tail fin pale; anal fin dark at front 1/3, pale behind; pectorals clear, pelvics brown; eye cirri translucent.

Reaches 2.1 cm.

On sand and rubble at the base of cliffs or groove and spur formations.

Depth range: 10-32 m.

NW to E 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 + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 2.1
Depth Range Min
  • 10
Depth Range Max
  • 32