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Species: Emblemariopsis ramirezi, Ramirez’s blenny

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snout pointed, 2 crests
cirri: nasal long & slender, eye forked
D spines:1st 3-5 elevated -> peak with convex edge
male front black, D black, front 1/3: red edge, bordered with white
cheek & opercle: oblique orange bars
female: dark spots on body profiles, lower head dark bars, front D dark
pectoral 13

Emblemariopsis ramirezi (Cervigon, 1999)

Ramirez’s blenny

Body elongate and compressed; head short and blunt, without spines, snout a little pointed, not depressed, upper profile straight, rear part of nasal bones with a crest; nape profile slightly convex; nasal cirrus long and slender; a deeply forked cirrus over eye; mouth oblique, ends under rear edge of eye; jaws with an outer row of larger teeth, those at front straight and with blunt tips, sides of jaws with back-pointed canines, a band of tiny sharp teeth at the front of both jaws behind the outer row; 1 row of 5-6 short, strong teeth on each side of roof of mouth; front of roof of mouth with small teeth; dorsal fin XX-XXI, 11-12, front 3-5 spines elevated and more separated from following spines than those spines are from each other, in male the front portion is greatly elevated with a convex outer edge; anal fin II, 22-23; last ray of dorsal and anal fins joined to tail base by a membrane; pectoral fin 13; pelvics I (internal), 3, inserted before pectoral base, much shorter than pectorals; tail fin rounded; all fin rays unbranched; no lateral line; no scales.

Male: Body yellowish brown to  pale orange-brown; head dark brown to clear greenish, with either dark brown bars across most of head or with orange bars across operculum; male head and front body black, anterior dorsal fin black, outer part of front 1/4 broadly red, bordered outside by a thin white line and inside by broad white stripe that continues as a white outer border along rest of fin, which is greenish; anal fin variable, whitish to blackish, with white tips to rays; bases of dorsal and anal rays pinkish to orange; pectoral base clear green, tips of rays whitish; base of tail fin yellow to orange. Female: body translucent; lower head with brown bars, from chin to edge of operculum; upper and lower body profiles with a series of small dark blotches, the upper series extending onto the dorsal fin base; front few spines of dorsal fin mostly dark brown.

Reaches 3.6 cm.

Lives on reefs.

Depth range: 5-15 m.

SE Caribbean.


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Salinity
  • Marine Only
  • Marine
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Corals
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
Diet
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Island (s)
  • Continental primarily
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Caribbean endemic
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.6
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 15