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Species: Emblemariopsis pricei, Seafan blenny

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head small, pointed; nape no ridges
no eye cirrus
D front low, front spines shorter than others; spines shorter than rays
male: front 1/2 black, D front black, 2 bars down from eye, cheek - blue-white spots

Emblemariopsis pricei Greenfield, 1975

Seafan blenny

Body elongate; head small and shallow (depth 20-22% of SL), without spines; snout short and blunt, without a pair of bony ridges; no cirrus over eye; 1 row of teeth on each side of roof of mouth; dorsal fin XX-XXI, 12-14, front spines not elongated, shorter than central spines in both sexes, a slight notch between spiny and soft parts, soft part higher than spiny part, membranes between spines and rays deeply indented; anal fin II, 22-23; pectoral rays 14; pelvics I (internal), 3, inserted before pectoral base, much shorter than pectorals; all fin rays unbranched; no lateral line; no scales.

Dark male (found in holes): head black; upper body black to level of  6th dorsal spine, grey behind that level, lower body translucent yellowish cream; pectorals black; pelvics black basally, white outer part; dorsal fin black from spines I-VIII, grading to pale grey behind; anal fin spines black, membranes grey, soft rays with brownish bands; tail fin clear. Pale male: Translucent; a red-brown triangular bar down and back from eye, another straight down from eye across lips; side of head with small bluish white spots; behind eye with small black spots – one larger one surrounded by a ring of smaller ones, others scattered on nape, preopercle and opercle; dorsal and anal fins with 3-4 reddish brown bands; pectoral, pelvics and tail fins clear. Female: probably like pale-phase male.

Reaches 3.2 cm.

Lives in holes in and on live corals and on seafans, on lagoonal and outer reefs.

Depth range: < 1-30 m.

NW & SW Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
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
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Planktivore
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Zooplankton
  • Data
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species.
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • GC endemic
  • Caribbean endemic
  • All species..
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Vulnerable
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.2
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 30