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Species: Paraclinus altivelis, High-sail Blenny, Topgallant Blenny

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D:1st spine very long, 1 ray
pink to orange
opercular spine conical, sharp
opercular spine - conical
A - row black blotches
LL 36-38
nape & pectoral base scaled

Paraclinus altivelis (Lockington, 1881)

Topgallant Blenny, High-sail Blenny

Elongate, snout bluntly pointed; cirri on nostrils, palm-like cirri over eye and on nape; opercle with a distinct spiny projection, conical and sharp; dorsal fin XXVII-XXIX, 1, 1st spine as long as length before dorsal fin, front 3 spines elevated then a deep notch before 4th spine; anal II, 19-20; pectoral 13-14; pelvic fin I, 3; all fin rays unbranched; lateral line scales 36-38; scales on nape; pectoral fin base with > 1 row of scales; no skin flaps on scales.

Head and body pink to orange, with dusky areas; nape cirri black; eye cirrus pale; ocellus at rear of dorsal fin; anal fin with a row of dark blotches; dorsal fin sometimes with dark bars; pectoral fin sometimes with spotted bars.

Size: 6.2 cm.

Habitat: rocky coastal shores.

Depth: 5-40 m.

The central and southern western Gulf of California to W Panama.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • All species
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic
  • Continent only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Data deficient
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 6.2
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 40