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Species: Labrisomus cricota, Mock Blenny, Mock Hairy Blenny

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nape cirri reaching D
eye cirrus ~ eye
D: spines I&II > III, no dark spot at front
blue spots: head only
body bars to edge of D
operculum: ocellus, without clear white ring

Labrisomus cricota Sazima, Gasparini and Moura, 2002

Mock Blenny, Mock Hairy Blenny

Body robust; head broad, snout blunt; eye large; a long (~eye diameter) branched cirrus over each eye; 2 or more heavily branched cirri on each side of nape, those long, reaching to dorsal fin; 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; 10-11 gill rakers; large fish with > 2 pores at tip of chin; notch between spines and rays of dorsal fin, XVII, 1st 2 spines longer than 3rd spine, 11-12; anal fin II, usually 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; 64-68 lateral line scales; lateral line tubes or canals at least on front of body; smooth scales on rear of body.

Both sexes: body with 4-5 conspicuous dark bars and fainter bars between them, all bars extend onto dorsal and anal fins, bars on dorsal fin reach outer edge of fin; a well developed ocellus on operculum not surrounded by a well defined white ring; no dark blotch at front of dorsal fin; Male: body olive-grey; head olive, with blue-green spots on cheek and snout; lower head and chest red, pelvics red; Female: body violet- grey to grey-brown; lower head, chest and pelvics grey-brown, with irregular pale patches on lower side of head and throat.

Reaches 16.2 cm.

Rocky reefs and sand around rocks.

Depth range: 0-4 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 + Island (s)
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 16.2
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 4