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Species: Emblemariopsis tayrona, Tayrona blenny

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head blunt; snout 2 ridges
cirri: nasal & ocular short, simple
D spines I-II elongate, 1.5X III, IV < III, I - basal flag; longer ray < longer spine
cheek & edge opercle: 4-6 narrow, oblique dark bars
male: dark, D front dark, spines I-V - outer orange stripe bordered inside by white

Emblemariopsis tayrona (Acero, 1987)

Tayrona blenny

Body elongate; head short and blunt, without spines; snout with a pair of smooth bony ridges; nasal cirrus short, simple, ~3/4 length of eye cirrus; 1 short (1/2 eye length) cirrus over eye; 1 row of teeth on each side of roof of mouth; dorsal fin XIX-XXI, 11-13, 1st spine with a flag like flap on front edge, 1st two spines similar, longest, a little elongated (1.5X length of 3rd spine), 4th spine <3rd, longest soft ray 3/4 length of longest spine; anal fin II, 18-22; 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 dark brown above; body pale brown; 4 narrow vertical lines on snout, 4-7 oblique dark bars on cheek and opercle; spiny dorsal dark brown between spines II-V, other spines pale brown, outer parts of membrane red between spines I-V, with a white space between red and brown parts, dark spots on fin behind spine V and on upper body; rest of fish translucent. Female - translucent, with scattered dark dots.

Reaches 3.6 cm.

Lives with dead barnacles, and on firecoral and massive corals.

Depth range: 0-20 m.

Colombia to the Gulf of Venezuela.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
  • Barnacles & worm tubes
  • Rocks
  • Corals
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • All species.
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species..
  • Continent
  • Caribbean endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Continent only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.6
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 20