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Species: Malacoctenus ebisui, Fishgod Blenny

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male: rear back - 3 black blotches + white dots
female: yellowish, diffuse bars, many white dots
behind chin 1-2 pores
A 20
LL 52-58
scales before D, not on pectoral base

Malacoctenus ebisui Springer, 1959

Fishgod Blenny

Head slender, snout pointed, < eye; underside of head between front of opercular flaps with 1-2 pores; a pair of heavily branched nape cirri, space between those 1.9-2.1 times width of a cirrus base;a branched cirrus over eye; upper part of rear end of top jaw covered by bone under eye; no small teeth behind outer row of large teeth on upper jaw; no teeth on sides of roof of mouth; gill rakers 11-13; dorsal fin XX, 11, (XIX-XXI, 10-12), 1st spine short, 10% SL or less,notch between spines and rays; anal II, 20 (18-21); pectoral 14; 3 pelvic soft rays, length of shortest ray 47-62% longest ray; ; 52-58 lateral line scales; belly scales smaller than flank scales; scales present in front of dorsal fin, also on breast of males; scales absent from prepectoral region.

Male brown to reddish brown on back with 2-3 large black patches posteriorly, belly greenish, with tiny white spots; female brownish above, yellowish below, with several diffuse brownish bars across side, with many white spots.

Size: attains 6.5 cm.

Habitat: rocky and rubble bottoms.

Depth: 1-18 m.

The lower half of Baja, Mazatlan to Ecuador.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Sessile molluscs
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic
  • Continent only
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 6.5
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 18