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Species: Stathmonotus stahli, Southern eelgrass blenny

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cirri: nostril, eye (flap), nape & corner of preoperculum
D XLIII
C 12
pectoral large, 8-9
body scaled
SE Caribbean

Stathmonotus stahli (Evermann & Marsh, 1899)

Southern eelgrass blenny

Body elongate, worm-like; short, bluntly pointed head with large oblique mouth; head of males swollen, fleshy; cirri on nostrils, over eyes (flap-like), on nape, and on lower corner of preoperculum; teeth on front of roof of mouth; rear edge of preopercle covered with skin; dorsal fin composed entirely of spines, modally XLIII (XXXI-XLV); anal fin II, 21-26; dorsal and anal fins broadly joined to tail fin; pectoral large, 8-9 rays; tail fin 12 (11-13) segmented rays; pelvics I (internal), 2-3, inserted before pectoral base; all fin rays unbranched; body fully scaled; no lateral line.

Variable in color; brown to grayish-green with white, red or black spots present or absent on body and fins; sometimes greenish, with lighter blotches on head and body; often red lines on vertical fins.

Reaches 4 cm.

Lives in hard substrata, corals and sponges.

Depth range: 1-10 m.

SE Caribbean.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
Diet
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • All species.
Regional Endemism
  • Antilles endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species..
  • Island (s) only
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
  • 4
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 10