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Species: Lucayablennius zingaro, Arrow Blenny

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head slender, pointed, no cirri
mouth long, lower jaw projects
side head - brown stripe
yellow stripes - top head; side back
rear D & A: 3 & 2 black blotches

Lucayablennius zingaro (Bohlke, 1957)

Arrow Blenny

Elongate; head elongate, pointed, not spiny on top; no cirri on nostrils, eyes or nape; jaws long; top lips only on sides of jaws; tip of lower jaw with a pointed fleshy projection; 1 row of teeth on each side of roof of mouth; dorsal fin XIX-XXI, 19-21 soft rays, no notch between spines and rays; lower pectoral rays longer than upper rays; pelvics I (internal), 2-3, inserted before pectoral base; all fin rays unbranched; no lateral line; no scales.

Reddish with yellow marbling on rear of body; a dark brown stripe from operculum through eye and along side of snout; a yellow stripe along top of head from snout to nape, another along upper back; 3 large black spots on upper back and basal part of soft dorsal fin, 2 such spots on lower body extending onto soft anal fin; dorsal and anal fins darker in male.

Reaches 5.7 cm.

Lives on reef dropoffs; resting fish sit inside tube sponges.

Depth range: 7-109 m; usually below 15 m.

The Bahamas through the Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Water column
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 5.7
Depth Range Min
  • 7
Depth Range Max
  • 109