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Genus: Parablennius, Seaweed Blenny, Blennies

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eye - branched cirrus
D XII, little/no notch, 17-18
canine rear both jaws
gill opening - side & belly
pectoral 14
LL short, ends under D spines



Body and head compressed; a cirrus with several branches over each eye, no cirri on nape, front nostril with a flap; jaw teeth in single rows, fixed, bluntly pointed, with a canine tooth at rear of top and bottom jaws, canines larger in males; gill membranes free, forming a transverse flap under throat; dorsal fin with XII spines, with barely a notch between spiny and soft parts, 17-18 soft rays; pectoral fin 14; fin rays unbranched, except on tail fin; lateral line in one part, short, ends under dorsal spines; no scales.

A Indo-central Pacific and Atlantic genus with 25 species; one NW Atlantic species in the Greater Caribbean.