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Species: Emblemariopsis occidentalis, Redspine blenny

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snout blunt, 2 ridges
short eye cirrus
front D spines: 1st 2 elongate, I not much > III, rear edge oblique
male: head orange, D front: black, edge red + white inside
female: head brown; front D white + brown mottling

Emblemariopsis occidentalis Stephens, 1970

Redspine blenny

Body elongate; head thick, short and blunt, without spines; snout with a pair of smooth bony ridges; 1 short (<eye) simple cirrus over eye; 1 row of 6-7 teeth on each side of roof of mouth, front of roof of mouth with 10 minute teeth in 2 patches; dorsal fin XX-XXI, 11-13, in male first 2 spines elongate, but 1st not much longer than 3rd, that part of fin with oblique rear edge, no notch between elevated and following spines, female with 1st 2 spines elongated, spines III & IV short, with a notch between them; anal fin II, 20-21; pectoral rays 13; pelvics I (internal), 3, inserted before pectoral base, much shorter than pectorals; all fin rays unbranched; no lateral line; no scales.

Male: head brownish orange; body translucent; spiny dorsal fin black, with outer edge of front spines red, with a white line separating those two colors; inner 2/3 of anal fin brown; eye cirrus dark; female: brownish head, translucent body, elongate dorsal spines with pale white and brown mottling, no spotting on head. In both sexes underside of head without dark spots; edge of opercle without stripes.

Reaches 2.3 cm.

Lives on eroded limestone bottoms and on patch reefs.

Depth range: 6-26 m.

The Bahamas.

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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
  • Zooplankton
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • All species.
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s) only
  • All species..
  • Bahamas endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 2.3
Depth Range Min
  • 6
Depth Range Max
  • 26