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Species: Emblemariopsis leptocirris, Blackfin Glass Blenny, Fine-cirrus Blenny

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male: head & D front black+ short white border; front spines short
short eye cirrus
female: front 2 D spines long, white + 1-3 stripes

Emblemariopsis leptocirris Stephens, 1970

Fine-cirrus Blenny, Blackfin Glass Blenny

Body elongate; head thick, short and blunt, without spines; snout with a pair of smooth bony ridges; 1 unbranched short (<eye) cirrus over eye; front of roof of mouth with 5-6 small teeth; 1 row of 6-7 teeth on each side of roof of mouth; dorsal fin XIX-XXI, 10-14, 1st 5 spines of ~equal length, female with 1st 2 spines elongated, no notch between spines II-V, spiny part lower than soft part; anal fin II, 20-24; pectoral rays 12-13; pelvics I (internal), 3, inserted before pectoral base, much shorter than pectorals; all fin rays unbranched; no lateral line; no scales; no strong differences between sexes.

Female translucent with red, orange or pink markings; lower head with dark spots, top of head with a central pink spot before 2 broken pink semicircles; dark spots or a dark stripe before base of pectoral; elevated front dorsal spines white with 1-4 dark stripes. Male with black head, sometimes with white spots on operculum; pectoral black; dorsal fin with front ~5 spines black, with thin white borde; black color fades towards rear of body & dorsal fin.

Reaches 2.6 cm.

Lives on reefs - lagoonal patch reefs, dropoffs and oceanic reefs.

Depth range: 1-20 m.

NorthEast, Northwest and SW 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
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Insular primarily
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 2.6
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 20