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Species: Emblemariopsis dianae, Orangeflag Blenny, Shortspine Red Banner Blenny

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short eye cirrus
D spines: lowpeak at front
male: front black; outer 1/3 front D peak - red, no white borders
lower edge of opercle with spots
PC 13
female unknown

Emblemariopsis dianae Tyler & Hastings, 2004

Orangeflag Blenny, Shortspine Red Banner Blenny

Body elongate; head short and blunt, without spines; snout with a pair of smooth bony ridges; 1 short cirrus (simple or with 2-3 small lobes at tip) over eye; 1 row of teeth on each side of roof of mouth; dorsal fin XVIII-XX, 10-12, first spine longer than 2nd and 3rd spines, this section a little raised above following spines; pectoral rays 13 (13-14); anal fin II, 19-21; pelvics I (internal), 3, inserted before pectoral base, much shorter than pectorals; all fin rays unbranched; no lateral line; no scales.

Males: Head, and front body and fins black; lower edge of operculum with spots; a bright red to orange-red blotch forming a flag on the outer 1/3-1/4 of the first 3 spines of the dorsal fin, the red area without white edges. Female: pinkish, small dark spots under eye, along edge of preopercle, under lower jaw; front peak of dorsal fin dark

Reaches 2.5 cm.

Lives in empty worm tubes on sandy bottoms near lagoonal patch reefs.

Depth range: 1-5 m.

NW Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Barnacles & worm tubes
  • 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
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 2.5
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 5