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Species: Emblemariopsis occidentalis, Bahamas Red Banner Blenny, Redspine Blenny

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female: top head no pink Y
short eye cirrus
female: 1st 2 D spines long, mottled white & brown
male D spines: 1st 2 long, fin edge curves down
male D red over white edge

Emblemariopsis occidentalis Stephens, 1970

Redspine Blenny, Bahamas Red Banner Blenny

Body elongate, slender; 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 XIX,13 (XIX-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, 21 (20-21); pectoral rays 13 (13--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; body translucent; spiny dorsal fin black, with outer edge of front spines red, with a white line separating those two colors; eye cirrus dark; female: translucent, lower side of head with red spots, top of head with a pink central spot before curved lines of spots, elongate dorsal spines with pale white and brown mottling, lower head with red spots

Reaches 2.3 cm.

Lives on eroded limestone bottoms and on patch reefs.

Depth range: 1 - 41 m.

The Bahamas and Turks & Caicos.

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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
  • Bahamas endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • 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
  • 2.3
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 41