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Species: Ekemblemaria lira, Slit-pored tube-blenny

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1 bushy eye cirrus
behind eyes: 2 bony ridges
D: flap on 1st spine, no notch after spines
D, A & C entirely pigmented
operculum: large dark blotch
pelvics < pectorals



Ekemblemaria lira Hastings, 1992

Slit-pored tube-blenny

Elongate, head short, blunt; bones on snout and under eyes pitted & rough, but without spines or bony ridges; no longitudinal bony ridges on snout; 1 palm-like cirrus over eye; raised bony ridges on top of head behind eyes; pores around eye & on nape slit-like rather than round; 5-7 pores along rear margin of eye; 1 row of teeth on each side of roof of mouth; dorsal XVI-XVII, 27, thick fleshy flap on upper 2/3 of 1st  spine, without notch between spiny and soft parts; pelvic fins shorter than pectorals; anal II, 28; pectoral 17-18 rays.

(Preserved fish) Head dusky, with eye-size blotch on cheek; 2 dark bars under lower jaw; under gills dark, with pale bars; body dusky with series of pale bars that become fainter at rear; ~ 10 dark saddles along base of dorsal fin; dorsal, tail and anal fins pigmented, without clear areas; female paler, without dark bars on body.

Size: 7 cm.

Habitat: tidepools.

Depth: 1-5 m?


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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
  • Barnacles & worm tubes
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • TEP endemic
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Panamic province endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 7
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 5