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Species: Emblemaria piratula, Pirate Blenny

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snout pointed
D XVII-XX, male - spines IV-VI longest
male D: black, gold blotch front base
D 14-16; A 20-21

Emblemaria piratula Ginsburg & Reid, 1942

Pirate Blenny

Body elongate; head relatively long, snout pointed; head without spines; bones around front and below eye very rough and pitted; 2 strong rough bony ridges along snout; 1 long, stout unbranched cirrus over eye; 1 row of teeth on each side of roof of mouth; dorsal fin XVII-XX, 13-15, front of spiny section much higher in male, peaking at spine IV-VI; anal fin II, 20-21; 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 fin 12-13; all fin rays unbranched; no lateral line; no scales.

Male: front half black, grading to grey with yellow tints at rear; base to lower half of first few dorsal spines with a triangular patch of orange to gold; eye cirrus unmarked. Female: mottled brown at front, pale grey at rear.

Reaches 5 cm.

Lives in rubble around reefs.

Depth range: 1-91 m, usually below 12 m.

N Carolina to the N Gulf of Mexico.

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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
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • Gulf of Mexico endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 5
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 91