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Species: Labrisomus conditus, Masquerader Hairy Blenny

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nape cirri not reaching D
eye cirrus < eye
D: spines I & II < / = III, no dark spot at front
blue spots: head, body & fins
body: blue-green blotches
operculum: irregular dark blotch with diffuse orange border

Labrisomus conditus Sazima, Carvalho-Filho, Gasparini & Sazima, 2009

Masquerader Hairy Blenny

Body robust; head broad, snout blunt; eye large; a short (<eye diameter) branched cirrus over each eye; 2 or more bunches of heavily branched cirri on each side of nape, those cirri often short, not reaching to dorsal fin when depressed; mouth large, slightly oblique, rear of top jawbone exposed, not in a sheath; patches of small teeth behind outer row of large teeth on upper jaw; teeth present on sides of roof of mouth, those are smaller or equal to teeth at front of roof of mouth; notch between spines and rays of dorsal fin, XVIII, 1st 2 spines slightly shorter than or equal to 3rd spine, 12; anal fin II, 18; pelvic fins with 1 internal spine, 3 soft rays, 3rd ray >1/2 length of 1st ray, inserted before pectoral base; all fin rays unbranched; 68-73 lateral line scales; lateral line tubes or canals at least on front of body; smooth scales on rear of body.

Both sexes: body grey to red-brown to very dark brown, with 4 irregular dark bars, with fainter and shorter bars between those, often a 5th bar on tail base; light blue dots on head, body and dorsal, anal and tail fins, interspersed with greenish blotches on body and dorsal fin; an irregular, poorly defined, blackish blotch on upper corner of operculum partly edged by an incomplete, diffuse thick orange ring; Male: head grey to red-brown to dark brown, cheeks mottled yellow-brown; chin through chest and belly yellow-brown; opercular orange edging relatively strong; dorsal fin dark on inner part, paler outer part, without dark blotch at front; Female: many more blue spots, especially on head and chest.

Reaches 22 cm.

Patch reefs, coral formations, coral rubble.

Depth range: 0-6 m; typically < 3 m.

Florida to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • 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
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • 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
  • 22
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 6