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Species: Emblemariopsis leptocirris, Fine-cirrus blenny

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snout blunt, 2 ridges
short eye cirrus
D front: dark; spines I-5 = length, no peak or notc
other fins dark
edge opercle: 3-4 dark dots
PC 13

Emblemariopsis leptocirris Stephens, 1970

Fine-cirrus 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, 10-13, 1st 5 spines of ~equal length, no notch between spines II-V, spiny part lower than soft part; anal fin II, 20-22;  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.

Preserved fish: light brown; head and front half of body evenly covered with dark dots; head with 3-4 dark spots on preopercle and rear edge of opercle; cheeks pale, rest of head brown; anal fin spines dark, inner ¼ of soft fin brown; front of dorsal fin with dark pigment to its outer edge, that pigment at base of fin from 4th soft ray back; tail, pectorals and pelvics dark brown; tongue and roof of mouth dark

Reaches 2.6 cm.

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

Depth range: 1-18 m.

The Turks & Caicos to the SW Caribbean.


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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Zooplankton
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • All species.
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • All species..
  • Insular primarily
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 2.6
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 18