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Species: Ekemblemaria myersi, Reef-sand tube-blenny

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1 bushy eye cirrus
behind eyes: no ridges
nape pores = slits
body dark + pale bars
C + rear D & A clear
operculum: large ocellus
pelvics < pectorals



Ekemblemaria myersi Stephens, 1963

Reef-sand tube-blenny

Elongate, head short, blunt; bones on snout and under eyes pitted & rough, forehead very rough, but without spines or bony ridges; no longitudinal bony ridges on snout; 1 palm-like cirrus over eye; pores around eye & on nape round; 1 row of teeth on each side of roof of mouth; dorsal XIX-XXI, 19-21, without notch between spiny and soft parts; pelvic fins shorter than pectorals; anal II, 24-27; pectoral 13-14 rays.

Varies from tan to dark brown; body with 10-12 broad darker brown bars with narrower pale interspacies; a large brown ocellated spot on gill cover; dorsal fin colored like body, with oblique pale lines and lines of spots; distal portions of soft dorsal, caudal, and posterior part of anal fin clear; male with dark lower jaw, female with bars on lower jaw.

Size: reaches 7 cm.

Inhabits mollusc tubes on rocky outcrops in sand-weed areas.

Depth: 1-5 m.

The tip of Baja and the central Gulf of California to Ecuador; vagrants at Cocos Is.

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