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Species: Labrisomus dendriticus, Bravo blenny, Bravo clinid, Dendritic blenny

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D XX, 1st 3-4 spines high, notch after
lower jaw: large rear canine
opercle - dark/yellow blotch
pectoral 13
A 19-20

Labrisomus dendriticus (Reid, 1935)

Dendritic blenny, Bravo blenny, Bravo clinid

Body robust; head broad, snout blunt; eye large; nostrils with cirri; a branched cirrus over each eye; large bunch of heavily branched cirri on each side of nape; mouth large, slightly oblique, top rear jawbone exposed, not in a sheath; an enlarged canine behind patch of small teeth on each side of upper and lower jaw; roof of mouth - teeth at sides larger than those at center front; dorsal fin XX, 10-12, first 4 spines very tall, 1st l>/= longest soft ray, then fin indented, a notch between spines and rays; anal rays II, 19-20; pectoral rays 13; 3 pelvic soft rays; 59-65 lateral line scales; head scaleless.

Greenish brown with strongly mottled pattern, usually a series of 4-5 diffuse dark bars on side and relatively large blackish spot on upper portion of gill cover; median fins with oblique dark bands or small spots; nuptial males:  overall white with a series of black double bars on side and bright orange/yellow markings on the gill cover.

Size: reaches at least 13 cm.

Habitat: the most abundant member of the genus at the Galapagos, it occurs on shallow, weed-covered rocky reefs.

Depth: 1-25 m.

Galapagos and Malpelo Island.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Benthic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • Multiple oceanic islands endemic
  • TEP oceanic island (s) endemic
  • Island (s) only
  • Island (s)
  • TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Vulnerable
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 13
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 25