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Species: Ophioblennius macclurei, Redlip Blenny

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cirri: nape - 1pr small & branched, eyes - 1 simple, nostrils 1 branched
brown; lower lip, lower 1/2 pectoral, D & A borders

Ophioblennius macclurei (Silvester, 1915)

Redlip Blenny

Elongate, compressed; short blunt head with steep front profile; teeth numerous, movable, a large, curved canine tooth at rear on each side of lower jaw; a single branched cirrus at nostril, a single slender cirrus over eye, and a pair of short cirri on each side of nape; gill openings wide, open below body; dorsal fin without notch between spiny & soft parts, XII, 19-21; anal fin II, 20-22; fin rays unbranched, except on tail fin; lateral line in 2 disconnected, overlapping parts, with 10 or fewer tubes in rear section; no scales.

Dark brown; lower lip, lower part of pectoral and margins of dorsal and anal fins red.

Reaches 12.5 cm.

Lives on reefs.

Depth range: 0-70 m.

N Carolina to the S Caribbean. Its Brazilian sister species is O. trinitatis.

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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
  • Detritivore
  • Herbivore
  • Data
  • Benthic microalgae
  • Detritus
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
  • 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
  • 12.5
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 70