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Species: Hypsoblennius invemar, Tessellated blenny

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eye cirrus short, up to 4 branches
orange spots & polygons in mesh of blue lines
pelvic I, 4

Hypsoblennius invemar Smith-Vaniz & Acero P. in Smith-Vaniz, 1980

Tessellated blenny

Moderately elongate; short robust head, with very steep front profile; a 4-branched cirrus over eye, a branched cirrus at each nostril, no cirrus on nape; teeth with blunt flattened tips, in single rows, not movable, no rear canines on either jaw; gill openings restricted to sides of body by fusion of gill cover membranes to throat; dorsal fin with XI-XIII spines, with a slight notch between the spiny and soft parts, 11-12 rays; pelvic fins I, 4; fin rays unbranched, except on tail fin; lateral line ends under end of spiny dorsal fin; no scales.

Greenish-brown; head and front of body densely covered with orange to brick red spots and polygons separated by thin blue lines; a blue line around a large dark blotch behind eye.

Reaches 5.8 cm.

Lives in empty barnacle shells.

Depth range: 0-24 m.

The N Gulf of Mexico to Brazil.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Barnacles & worm tubes
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Corals
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Omnivore
  • No Data
Diet
  • Benthic microalgae
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Sponges/seasquirts/bryozoa
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC endemic
  • Continent
  • Island (s)
  • Continent + Island (s)
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 5.8
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 24