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Species: Starksia langi, Lang’s blenny

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lower head: no pale spots
body: 2-3 rows dark blotches, center row = vertical ovals
male: no D front spot

Starksia langi Baldwin & Castillo, 2011

Lang’s blenny

Body elongate, compressed; bluntly pointed head; eye, nostril and nape cirri unbranched; dorsal fin XIX (XIX-XX), 7 (7-8), 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, 15 (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 brown to pale orange brown, with orange markings on head and orange spots along base of dorsal fin; lower head without pale spots; female with scattered, conspicuous small black spots on lower head and pectoral fin base; male with a dark, thick crescent mark on lower corner of preoperculum; body scales with darker rear edges; body with 2 rows of black blotches, upper row of 9 round blotches, extending onto dorsal fin base; central row of 6-7 larger blotches mostly vertically elongate ovals, rarely round; several dark spots along lower profile of tail base; male without a dark blotch at front of dorsal fin.

Reaches 2.3 cm.

Lives on reef crests and coral heads on sand bottoms.

Depth range: 0-5 m.

The W Caribbean.


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Salinity
  • Marine Only
  • Marine
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
Diet
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Live birth
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Continental primarily
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 2.3
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5