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Species: Stathmonotus tekla, Eelgrass Blenny

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cirri: nostril, eye (flap-like) nape & corner of preoperculum
C 11
pectoral large, 8-9
body scaled
N Caribbean

Stathmonotus tekla Nichols, 1910

Eelgrass Blenny

Elongate, worm-like body; short, bluntly pointed head with large oblique mouth; head of males swollen, fleshy; cirri on nostrils, eyes (flap-like), nape, and lower corner of preoperculum; teeth on front of roof of mouth; rear edge of preopercle covered with skin; dorsal fin composed entirely of spines, with many elements, modally XLII (XXXIX-XLII); anal fin II, 21-26; dorsal and anal fins broadly joined to tail fin; pectoral large, 8-9 rays; tail fin 11 (10-12) segmented rays; pelvics I (internal), 2-3, inserted before pectoral base; all fin rays unbranched; body fully scaled; no lateral line.

Variable in color; brown to grayish-green with white, red or black spots present or absent on body and fins; sometimes greenish, with lighter blotches on head and body; often red lines on vertical fins.

Reaches 4 cm.

Lives in hard substrata, corals and sponges.

Depth range: 1-10 m.

The Bahamas to the SW Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
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
  • 4
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 10