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Species: Emblemariopsis tayrona, Highfin Red Banner Blenny, Tayrona Blenny

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male head: black or dusky with bars on jaws & operculum
eye cirrus short, simple
Male D: front 3 spines elongate, fin edge concave, black with white base, white-red-white above
female: long front D spines brown & white + pink tip
pectoral base - obique dark bar
cheek - dark oblique lines

Emblemariopsis tayrona (Acero, 1987)

Tayrona Blenny, Highfin Red Banner 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 3 spines elongate, fin with concave front edge when partly erected; 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.

Territorial male: black head; front of dorsal fin with white base, black center, outer red band bordered above and below with white, center of spiny dorsal pale red with black spots; with less black color lower head and operculum with series of black and white bars. Female: long front dorsal spines with white and black bars and red tip; lower head with dark spots, dorsal and anal fin with dark rays and white spots; both sexes: dark oblique lines on cheek, pectoral base with oblique dark bar;

Reaches 3.6 cm.

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

Depth range: 0-20 m.

Two disjunct populations: Colombia and northeastern Venezuela.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Barnacles & worm tubes
  • 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
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.6
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 20