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Species: Stathmonotus culebrai, Panamanic worm-blenny

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cirri: nostril only

Stathmonotus culebrai Seale, 1940

Panamanic worm-blenny

Elongate, worm-like body; short, bluntly pointed head with large oblique mouth; rear edge of preopercle covered with skin; cirrus on front nostril, none over eye or on nape; dorsal fin XXXIX-XXXXII, 0; anal rays II, 20-23; pectoral rays 7-10.

Color highly variable, entirely green, yellowish with leopard-like spotting, or black with dorsal fin and top of head white.

Size: attains 5 cm.

A cryptic species found among weed on rocky reefs, usually not seen unless flushed out with chemical ichthyocides.

Depth: 0-5 m.

Costa Rica to Ecuador; strays at Cocos Is.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Rocks
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • TEP endemic
  • Panamic province endemic
  • All species
  • Continent only
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 5
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5