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Species: Labrisomus multiporosus, Pore-head Blenny

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cheek: 2 oblique stripes
many head pores
body heavily mottled
fins: rows spots
D front spines short
side roof mouth + teeth
LL: 65-69
A 17-18

Labrisomus multiporosus Hubbs, 1953

Porehead Blenny

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; a dense covering of sensory pores on head, especially behind eye;mouth large, slightly oblique, top rear jawbone exposed, not in a sheath; no 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 XVII-XIX, front spines not long, 11-13, notched between spines and rays; anal rays II, 17-18; pectoral rays 14 (13-15); 3 pelvic soft rays; 65-69 lateral line scales; 7-8 rows of scales between LL and 6th dorsal spine; 4-6 scales before dorsal fin; head scaleless, except for < 10 scales along top edge of gill cover .

Brownish with heavy dark brown mottling & irregular dark bars on sides; a pair of oblique brown bands across cheek; prominent dark spotting on dorsal, caudal, and pectoral fins; dorsal fin with an ocellus at front.

Size: Attains at least 13 cm.

Inhabits weed-covered rocky reefs.

Depth: 1-20 m.

Central Baja California and the Gulf of California to Peru, including the Revillagigedos and Galapagos Islands.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Rocks
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Sea-stars/cucumbers/urchins
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Benthic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 13
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 20