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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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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Sponges
  • Barnacles & worm tubes
  • 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 non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 5.8
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 24