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Species: Lupinoblennius nicholsi, Highfin Blenny

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eye cirrus simple: long & flat in male
olive, 2 dark bars - eye to mouth & to throat
D front spines > rear rays, v elongate in male

Lupinoblennius nicholsi (Tavolga, 1954)

Highfin Blenny

Body and head compressed; a single unbranched cirrus over eye, long and flat in male, no cirri on nape a short flap on nostrils; jaw teeth in single rows, fixed, bluntly pointed, with a canine tooth at rear of top and bottom jaws, canines larger in males; gill opening broad, membranes free, forming a transverse flap under throat; dorsal fin XII-XIII, without a notch between spiny and soft parts, 13-15 rays, spines longer than rays, front spines greatly elongated in male; anal II, 15-17, in males the spines and all but the last 2-3 rays have a swollen fleshy tips; fin rays unbranched, except on tail fin; lateral line in two parts, top part from top corner of operculum to under 6-7th spine, lower part short, (5-8 pores), along midline starting above anal fin origin; no scales.

Olive green, with 2 dark bars from eye to mouth and cheek; male darker, with 8-12 light oblique lines on side, female lighter, with fine whitish reticulations on top and side of body.

Reaches 6 cm.

Lives in rocky substrates.

Depth range: 0-10 m.

Florida and the Gulf of Mexico.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • 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
  • Detritus
  • 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
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 6
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10