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Species: Chaenopsis schmitti, Galapagos pike-blenny, Yellow-mouth pike-blenny

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D: 33-38, male - black sail + orange bars; female - ocellus
center roof mouth with teeth
tongue short
pectoral 12-13

Chaenopsis schmitti Böhlke, 1957

Galapagos pike-blenny, Yellow-mouth pike-blenny

Body very elongate; head long; no cirri on head; snout long & strongly pointed; long mouth, usually reaching far behind eye, tip of lower jaw projecting; first 3 mandibular pores (counting from front of jaw) equally spaced; at least a few teeth present on front roof of mouth; tip of tongue not extending forward as far as tooth patches on side roof of mouth; dorsal fin XVIII-XX, 33-38, front half of fin moderately tall and sail-like in adult males; anal rays II, 34-36; pectoral rays 12-13; tail fin rounded, joined to dorsal and anal fins.

Light olive to whitish with about 10 narrow greenish bars on side; branchiostegal membrane black; males:  head and anterior part of dorsal fin often brownish to black with orange bars; females with black ocellated spot at front of dorsal fin.

Size: reaches 8 cm.

Inhabits worm tubes on sand-rubble bottoms.

Depth: 5-30 m.

The Galapagos Islands.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Barnacles & worm tubes
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
Diet
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Zooplankton
  • Pelagic fish eggs
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • TEP oceanic island (s) endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • Galapagos Islands endemic
  • All species
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Vulnerable
  • Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 8
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 30