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Species: Coralliozetus springeri, Springer's tube-blenny

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eye: 2 cirri (1 tiny)
D notched
male: head dark + white dots, cirri blue
female: white blotches on head, front D white

Coralliozetus springeri Stephens & Johnson in Stephens, Hobson & Johnson, 1966

Springer's tube-blenny

Elongate, relatively robust; head short, blunt, wide, not spiny on top; simple cirri at nostrils; usually 2 unbranched cirri above each eye, the posterior one very tiny; no cirri on nape; notch at middle of top lip; 1 row of teeth on each side of roof of mouth; dorsal fin XVII-XVIII, 11-12, notch between spines and rays, front of fin slightly elevated in both sexes; anal rays II, 18-19; pectoral rays 13.

Semi-translucent to whitish; males with blackish head densely speckled with blue-white dots; eye cirri blue; front of dorsal dark or dark & white, a series of ~ 10 short dark bars above base of anal fin; female with white blotches on head, front of dorsal fin white.

Size: to 2.5 cm.

Inhabits empty barnacle, worm and mollusc tubes on rocky reefs.

Depth: 1-15 m.

Costa Rica to Ecuador, including Cocos Island.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Barnacles & worm tubes
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Planktivore
  • No Data
  • Zooplankton
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Depth Range Max
  • 15
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Length Max
  • 2.5