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Species: Labrisomus pomaspilus, Spotcheek Blenny

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snout long, pointed
operculum: large ocellus
LL 55-58
A 18

Labrisomus pomaspilus Springer & Rosenblatt, 1965

Spotcheek blenny

Body relatively slender; head broad; snout relatively long (> eye diameter) & pointed; eye large; nostrils with 4-5 cirri; 5-8 cirri over each eye; 25-28 cirri on each side of nape; 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 equal to or slightly larger than those at center front; dorsal fin XVIII, front spines not long, 12, notched between spines and rays; anal rays II, 18; pectoral rays 14; 3 pelvic soft rays; 55-58 lateral line scales; 5 rows of scales between LL and 5th dorsal spine; head scaleless; body scaly except for small area on pectoral base; in lateral line at rear each scale covers the front pore of the scale behind it.

Preserved fish: Body light, with irregular mottling; a prominent, black-centered ocellus on upper rear of operculum; fins pale.

Size: 11 cm.

Habitat: tide pools and shallow rocky habitat.

Depth: 1-10 m?


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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Rocks
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Benthic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Continent only
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • Panamic province endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 11
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 10