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Species: Starksia greenfieldi, Greenfield’s Blenny

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lower head: pale spots
body: 2-3 rows dark blotches, center row round
male: D front spot

Starksia greenfieldi Baldwin & Castillo, 2011

Greenfield’s Blenny

Body elongate, compressed; bluntly pointed head; eye, nostril and nape cirri unbranched; dorsal fin XIX (XVIII-XX), 8 (7-9), a notch between spines and rays; 1st anal spine of male long, free from rest of fin, modified as sexual organ, no ridge or fold along anal fin base; anal fin II, 16 (15-16); pectorals usually 13; pelvic fins I (internal), 2, inserted before pectoral base; all fin rays unbranched; lateral line continuous, front section arched, rear section straight; belly naked; smooth scales on rear of body.

Head and body pale reddish to pale yellowish-brown, more orange in males; orange marks on head and an orange ring around eye; lower head with a few to many white or pale spots, particularly in male; female without scattered, conspicuous small black spots on lower head and pectoral fin base; male without a dark blotch on preoperculum/operculum; body with 2-3 rows of dark blotches: central row of 6-7 mostly round blotches, top row of 7-10 squarish blotches extending onto dorsal fin base, where there are orange spots, lower row, if present, of 1-4 diffuse oblong to round blotches; male with a dark blotch at front of dorsal fin; soft dorsal and anal fins and tail fin with rows of orange dots.

Reaches 2.5 cm.

Lives on reefs in reef crests, coral rubble and lagoonal reefs.

Depth range: 1-10 m.

The E to SE Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • 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 worms
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Live birth
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Antilles endemic
  • Caribbean endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • 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
  • 2.5
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 10