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Species: Starksia grammilaga, Pinstriped blenny, Side-lined blenny

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nasal cirrus > nostril tube
pale bar behind eye
D base - 6-8 dark blotches
rear body: 6-8 lines along scale rows
pectoral base dark
belly scaleless
LL 36-39

Starksia grammilaga Rosenblatt & Taylor, 1971

Pinstriped blenny, Side-lined blenny

Bluntly pointed head; nape cirri slender, small; nasal cirrus moderate (1/3-1/2 longer than nasal tube); eye cirrus slender, 1/3-1/2 eye-diameter long; dorsal fin XIX- XX, 7-9, a notch between spines and rays; anal II, 16-18, 1st  anal spine of male long, longer than 2nd, free from rest of fin, modified as sexual organ, tip of organ reaching past tip of spine; no ridge or fold along anal fin base; pectorals 13-14; pelvic rays 3, 3rd  ray tightly bound to 2nd, hard to distinguish; lateral line scales 36-39; belly scaleless; straight part of lateral line consisting of tubes.

(Preserved fish) Head & body dusky; cheek with light, dark-bordered bar; lips dark; body with scattered squarish spots, rear ½ with 6-8 light, dark-bordered horizontal lines parallel to scale rows, 8-10 dark blotches along dorsal fin base; pectoral base dark.

Size: 3.2 cm.

Habitat: rocky areas.

Depth: 3-30 m?

SW Gulf of California and Mazatlan to Oaxaca, Mexico.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Live birth
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent only
  • Cortez + Mexican provinces endemic
  • Continent
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.2
Depth Range Min
  • 3
Depth Range Max
  • 30