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Species: Hypleurochilus bermudensis, Barred Blenny

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eye cirrus 1-6 branches
head reddish
body white + 6 black bars
3-4 pores each side lower jaw

Hypleurochilus bermudensis Beebe & Tee-Van, 1933

Barred Blenny

Head large, blunt, front profile steep and rounded; body elongate, compressed; nostrils with a flap bearing 1-3 cirri; a single cirrus over eye, main shaft rounded, with 1-6 simple branches; mouth opens at front; top margin of top lip free, that margin discontinous at front; 3-4 pores along lower jaw; jaw teeth are brush-like, with a large curved canine at rear of each jaw; gill membranes broadly fused on throat, gill opening ends at level of lower base of pectoral fin; dorsal fin XII, 12-14, with a distinct notch between spiny and soft parts; anal fin II, 15; pelvics I, 4; pectorals 13-14 rays; fin rays unbranched, except on tail fin; lateral line in 2 parts, 1st curved down behind end of pectoral, ends under last dorsal spines, 2nd from mid-flank to above ~middle of anal fin; no scales.

Grey-brown above, paler below; head red-brown, with orange spots that may continue onto body; body white, with 6 bars that are thicker and darker above (black to dark brown) above, and thinner and less strongly colored below; tail fin tan, with an elongate dark spot on its base and 3-5 dark bars; dorsal and anal fins lightly barred.

Reaches 12 cm.

Lives on a variety of rocky habitats, rubble, and coral reefs.

Depth range: 1-27 m.

Bermuda to the SW Gulf of Mexico.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Omnivore
  • Data
  • Benthic microalgae
  • 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
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 12
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 27