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Species: Starksia hoesei, Hoese's blenny, Hose blenny

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nasal cirrus very long
body: 9 bars
C clear
lips: 4 pairs bars
belly scaleless
LL 41-43
A 20-21

Starksia hoesei Rosenblatt & Taylor, 1971

Hose blenny, Hoese's blenny

Bluntly pointed head; nape cirri flattened, 1/3 as wide as long; nasal cirrus  long (½ eye diameter in female, 2x eye diameter in male); eye cirrus slender, 1/3 eye-diameter long; dorsal fin XX-XXII, 9-10, a notch between spines and rays; anal II, 20-21, 1st  anal spine of male free from rest of fin, modified as sexual organ long & curved, extends well past other anal spine;  pectorals 13-14; pelvic rays 3, 3rd  ray not bound to 2nd; lateral line scales 41-43; belly scaleless; straight part of lateral line mostly consisting of tubes.

(Preserved fish) Cheek & opercle with dark blotches; lips with 4 pairs of dark bars; body with 9 bars, thicker above than below; dorsal with dark basal spots from extensions of body bars; anal with dark bars or evenly pigmented; tail clear, with a few ill defined blotches; pectorals & pelvics clear, with dusky bases.

Size: 4.7 cm.

Habitat: rocky and rubble areas.

Depth: 25-35 m.

SW Gulf of California and around Guerrero, central Mexico.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Rocks
  • Reef only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Live birth
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Continent only
  • Cortez + Mexican provinces endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 4.7
Depth Range Min
  • 25
Depth Range Max
  • 35