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Species: Chaenopsis celeste, Panamic pike-blenny

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dark spot behind eye
side of head: 2 rows of 3 dark blotches
flank: row of 9 dark blotches
D: XVII, 34-38; female + ocellus
male D - slightly raised, blue-grey
teeth at front roof of mouth
throat membranes: black & blue
pectoral 13
A II, 35-38

Chaenopsis celeste Tavera, 2021

Panamic Pike-blenny

Body very elongate, relatively slender; head long; no cirri on head; snout strongly pointed, projecting, short (23% of head length), narrow; long mouth, usually reaching far behind eye, tip of lower jaw projecting; front of roof of mouth with small teeth; tongue short, tip not extending beyond teeth on sides of roof of mouth; dorsal fin XVII, 34-38, front half of fin moderately elevated in adult males; anal rays II, 35-38; pectoral rays 13; tail fin rounded, joined to dorsal and anal fins.

Body translucent pale brown with 9 dark blotches in a pale brown stripe along midflank that reach up to touch the base of the dorsal fin; pale whitish stripe along body above and below the darker central stripe; side of head with two rows of three irregular dark blotches; usually a dark spot immediately behind eye; branchiostegal membranes black & iridescent blue; female and juvenile with a large ocellus on front of dorsal fin; male: front of dorsal fin grayish to blackish.

Size: 11 cm.

Habitat: rubble habitats near reefs.

Depth: 5-30 m?

Costa Rica to Colombia.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
Habitat
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Barnacles & worm tubes
  • Soft bottom only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Planktivore
Diet
  • Bony fishes
  • Pelagic fish eggs
  • No Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • Panamic province endemic
  • Continent only
  • Continental TEP endemic
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 11
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 30