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Species: Chasmodes saburrae, Florida Blenny

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red-brown & pale spots, lines, mottling
cheek: dense dark dots
D blue spot at front, then long pale streak
skin flap on each side of chin
lower teeth - broad, round tips

Chasmodes saburrae Jordan & Gilbert, 1882

Florida Blenny

Elongate, compressed; short blunt head with pointed snout and curved front profile; a single, small cirrus at eye, a filamentous flap at front nostril; teeth closely packed, lower jaw teeth with broadly rounded tips; no canines; front sides of lower jaws with a pair of prominent skin flaps; gill openings restricted to sides of body by fusion of gill cover membranes to throat; 13 (12-14) gill rakers; dorsal fin with at most a slight notch between spiny & soft parts, X-XI, 16-20; anal fin II, 17-20; tail fin with 10-11 segmented rays; pectoral usually 12; fin rays unbranched, except on tail fin; lateral line ends about mid-body; no scales.

Olive to red-brown; cheek densely peppered with dark dots; body with red brown and pale spots, lines and mottling; a blue spot at front of dorsal fin, followed by a pale streak.

Reaches 9.2 cm.

Lives in seagrass beds, occasionally in oyster beds; sometimes in quite low salinities.

Depth range: 0-15 m.

Florida and the NE Gulf of Mexico.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Estuary
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Detritivore
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Detritus
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • Gulf of Mexico endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 9.2
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 15