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Species: Emblemariopsis bottomei, Shorthead Blenny, Southern Smoothhead Glass Blenny

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male: black head; spiny D front black + white edge
no eye cirrus
D spines: I-III close, XIV longest; shorter than rays
female: D spines I-II elongate
female: black spots- cheeks, pectoral base

Emblemariopsis bottomei Stephens, 1961

Shorthead Blenny, Southern Smoothhead Glass Blenny

Body elongate; head blunt rounded, without spines, snout not depressed, without a pair of smooth bony ridges; head behind eye expanded, triangular in shape, rough; no cirrus over eye; 1 row of teeth on each side of roof of mouth; dorsal fin XIX-XXI, 12-13, spines I-III closer together than remaining spines, front spines not elongate, spines increasing in length to XIV then decreasing to end, spiny part of fin lower than soft part, without a notch between the two parts, soft fin increasing in height to rear; femaile with elongate dorsal spines I-II; anal fin II, 21 (20-22); pectoral rays 13 (rarely 14); pelvics I (internal), 3, inserted before pectoral base, much shorter than pectorals; all fin rays unbranched; no lateral line; no scales.

Male: head black, sometimes with white spots on cheeks, body dark brown; front of dorsal fin black with thin white edge, rest of spiny dorsal dark brown, fading to tan at the last few spine; soft dorsal, tail and pelvic fins pale brown; pectoral blackish, tips of lowest 5 rays unpigmented; anal fin black on spines, translucent brown behind. Female translucent, top of head with pink line/oval between broken pink Y; with black spots on cheeks, black bars along lower jaw, black spots on base of pectoral.

Reaches 3 cm.

Lives on reefs.

Depth range: 5-40 m.

The SE Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • 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
  • Insular primarily
  • 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
  • 3
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 40