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Species: Starksia lepidogaster, Scaly-bellied blenny

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nasal cirrus 2-3x length nasal tube
body: 6 bars, last 2 form Y
body bars extend onto D
belly completely scaled
LL 35-36
C & A clear

Starksia lepidogaster Rosenblatt & Taylor, 1971

Scaly-bellied blenny

Bluntly pointed head; nape cirrus a triangular flap, nostril cirrus long (2-3x length of nostril tube), eye cirrus slender, 1/3-1/2 eye-diameter long;  roof of mouth with teeth at front but not sides; dorsal fin XIX-XX, 7-8, a notch between spines and rays; anal II, 17, 1st  anal spine of male free from rest of fin, modified as sexual organ relatively short, as long as 2nd  spine; no ridge or fold along anal fin base; pectorals 12-14; pelvic rays 3, 3rd  ray bound to 2nd  for 2/3 its length; lateral line scales 35-36; belly entirely scaled; straight part of lateral line consisting of tubes.

Body dusky, with 6 bars, last 2 in form of Y, 1st  5 under spiny dorsal, last under soft dorsal; dorsal pale, with body-bar extensions on its base; tail & anal pale.

Size: 2.4 cm.

Habitat: rocky areas.

Depth: 0-15 m?

Tres Marias Islands (Mexico).

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Rocks
  • Reef only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Live birth
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Continent only
  • Continent
  • Mexican province endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Data deficient
  • Not listed
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 15
Length Max
  • 2.4