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Species: Paraclinus sini, Flap-scale Blenny

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each scale with small flap
D: no rays, front hight, 1-2 ocelli at rear
mottled red-brown, white flecks
LL 32-37
scales with skin flaps

Paraclinus sini Hubbs, 1952

Flapscale Blenny

Elongate, snout bluntly pointed; cirri present on nostrils, above eyes (branched), and on nape; opercle with a distinct flat, triangular spiny projection; dorsal fin XXVIII-XXX,0, front 3 spines very elevated, then a deep notch before 4th spine, membrane between 3rd and 4th spines joins well below middle of 4th spine; anal rays II, 16-20; pectoral rays 12-14; pelvic I, 3; all fin rays unbranched; lateral-line scales 32-37; membranous flap-like projections on the posterior margins of the scales except those along the lateral line.

Usually mottled reddish brown or greenish brown (may also be nearly all white, pinkish, orange or dark brown); with white blotches and flecks; white spots on jaws, a white bar under eye, an oblique white bar behind eye; sometimes with diffuse dark bars on side; 1-2 small ocellated spots on posterior half of dorsal fin.

Size: to 6 cm.

Habitat: weedy and rubble bottoms.

Depth: 0-15 m.

Central Baja California and the western and NE Gulf of California.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Rocks
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent only
  • All species
  • TEP endemic
  • Cortez province endemic
  • Continent
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 6
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 15