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Species: Hypleurochilus caudovittatus, Zebratail Blenny

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body, head & fins dark brown
C whitish + 3-5 dark bars

Hypleurochilus caudovittatus Bath, 1994

Zebratail 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 3-7 simple branches; mouth opens at front; top margin of top lip free, that margin discontinuous at front; 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-XIII, 14-15, with a distinct notch between spiny and soft parts; anal fin II, 16; pelvics I, 3; pectorals 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.

Body and fins dark grey-brown; a dark bluish spot on membrane between 1st 2 dorsal spines; tail fin white, with a black blotch on its base and 3-5 black bars.

Reaches 7 cm.

Lives in rubble on reefs and sand areas.

Depth range: 2-23 m.

W Florida.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • 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 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
  • 7
Depth Range Min
  • 2
Depth Range Max
  • 23