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Species: Starksia weigti, Weigt's Blenny, Whitelip Blenny

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body reddish + indistinct bars
lips - white spots
lower jaw: no pale spots
male preopercle - large dark blotch
end bases D & A: small dark spot

Starksia weigti Baldwin & Castillo, 2011

Whitelip Blenny, Weigt's Blenny

Body elongate, compressed; bluntly pointed head; eye, nostril and nape cirri unbranched; dorsal fin XX (XIX-XX), 8 (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, 17 (16-17); pectorals 13 (12-13); pelvic fins I (internal), 2, inserted before pectoral base; all fin rays unbranched; lateral line continuous, front section arched, rear section straight; belly completely scaled; smooth scales on rear of body.

Head and body pale red-brown, body with indistinct irregular dark bars; preserved male with no dark spots or bars on lower jaw; preoperculum of male with a large dark blotch at lower rear corner, a thin pale bar extending down and back from eye to meet that blotch; lips of fresh fish of both sexes peppered with conspicuous round white spots; preserved fish of both sexes without dark bars on lips; body scales each with a short dark bar; a row of small dark spots along the bases of the dorsal and anal fins, a small dark spot at the end of the bases of those two fins.

Reaches 3.5 cm.

Lives in live coral areas, usually on dropoffs.

Depth range: 1-27 m.

SW Gulf of Mexico to the N Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • 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 worms
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Live birth
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.5
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 27