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Species: Paraclinus stephensi, Professor blenny, Stephens' blenny

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body & A 6-7 bars
eye cirrus branched
D: 1 ray
C base - 2 semicircular bars
oblique bar from eye
border operculum & preoperculum: row spots
LL 39
nape & pectoral base scaled

Paraclinus stephensi Rosenblatt & Parr, 1969

Professor blenny, Stephens' blenny

Elongate, snout bluntly pointed; cirri present on nostrils, branched above eyes; nape cirrus branched, eye cirri largest; opercle with a distinct flat, triangular spiny projection; dorsal fin XXIX, 1, 1st  spine moderately long, front 3 spines elevated, then a deep notch before 4th  spine; anal II, 18-19; pectoral 13; pelvic I, 3; all fin rays unbranched; lateral-line scales 39; scales on nape , & in 2-3 irregular rows on pectoral fin base; belly fully scaled; no skin flaps on body scales.

Light brown; body with 6 irregular bars or blotches; dark saddle on nape; head same color as body, lips, cheeks & underside mottled, a row of dark spots on preopercular and opercular margins, a dark bar angles down and back from eye; dorsal fin spotted or mottled, with a dark spot at rear; anal fin with 6-7 dark bars; semicircular bars at top and bottom of base of caudal fin; irregular banding on rays of pectoral, pelvic and tail.

Size: 3.9 cm.

Habitat: rocky coastal areas.

Depth: 0-15 m.

Central to southern Mexico.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Rocks
  • Reef only
  • Submerged vegetation
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • TEP endemic
  • Mexican province endemic
  • Continent
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Continent only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Depth Range Max
  • 15
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Length Max
  • 3.9