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Species: Starksia sangreyae, Sangrey’s blenny

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no eye cirrus
body broad bars
large dark spot end base D (& sometimes A)
cheek - dark horseshoe
male: red head

Starksia sangreyae Castillo and Baldwin, 2011

Sangrey’s blenny

Body elongate, compressed; bluntly pointed head; no eye cirri; nostril and nape cirri unbranched; dorsal fin XIX (XIX-XX), 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, II, 14-16; pectorals 15 (14-16); pelvic fins I (internal), 2, inserted before pectoral base; all fin rays unbranched; lateral line  continuous, front section arched, rear section straight; belly scaleless or with a few rows of scales before anus; smooth scales on rear of body.

Head and body pale brown, with a series of vertical brown bars separated by narrow white interspaces; female with a well defined horseshoe shaped dark blotch behind eye (fainter in male); without a dark line along rear edge of preopercle; the paired dorsal fin spines that are situated above a back saddle with a red-brown spot on its base; a prominent ¾ eye-sized black spot at the end of the dorsal fin base,  sometimes another  at the end of the anal fin base,  extending onto bases of last soft dorsal (and anal) rays; male with red head and front of body .

Reaches 2.1 cm.

Lives on reef flats and outer reefs in coral rich areas.

Depth range: 1-22 m.

The NW Caribbean and Jamaica.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
  • Live birth
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • All species.
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species..
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Depth Range Max
  • 22
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Length Max
  • 2.1