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Species: Protemblemaria bicirrus, Wart-head tube-blenny

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head: warts + 2 ridges between eyes
eye: 2 deeply branched cirri
head & body - white spots
D: front ocellus

Protemblemaria bicirrus (Hildebrand, 1946)

Warthead Blenny, Wart-head Tube Blenny

Body elongate; head rounded, blunt, its top not spiny; snout with a fleshy ridge, but no cirrus in middle; 2 bushy, deeply branched cirri over each eye; top of head covered with fleshy warts; a pair of fleshy ridges between eyes; 1 row of teeth on each side of roof of mouth; dorsal fin XX-XXII, 14-16, little or no notch between spiny and soft parts; anal rays II, 23-25; pectoral rays 14.

Body color variable, from nearly whitish translucent to grey to pale brown or yellowish orange; head and body with numerous small white spots; usually 8-10 brownish saddles below base of dorsal fin and sometimes a corresponding midlateral row of brownish blotches; a small dark, ocellated spot at front of dorsal fin.

Size: to 4.5 cm.

Inhabits empty barnacles and mollusc tubes on rocky reefs.

Depth: 5-20 m.

Southern Baja and the Gulf of California to Peru.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Rocks
  • Barnacles & worm tubes
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Benthic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • All species
  • TEP endemic
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic
  • Continent only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 4.5
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 20