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Species: Cirriemblemaria lucasana, Plume tube-blenny

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cirri: center snout 1, eyes 2 pairs very bushy, nape 2 rows
operculum - oblique dark-edged pale bar



Cirriemblemaria lucasana (Stephens, 1963)

Plume tube-blenny

Head rounded, blunt; snout with one central cirrus; 2 deeply branched cirri above each eye, front cirrus of male at least twice as long as eye width, female with shorter cirri; nape with two rows of cirri; dorsal rays XXI-XXII,  15-16, a shallow notch between spiny and soft parts of dorsal fin; anal rays II, 25-27; pectoral rays 14.

Translucent yellowish or pinkish to red; a pair of thin oblique brown bands bordering a whitish area on cheek; cirri yellowish to white; ~ 9 brown saddle-like markings below base of dorsal fin; belly white, with a dark central bar; white dashes along vertebral column.

Size: attains 4 cm.

Inhabits empty mollusc tubes on rocky reefs.

Depth: 5-30 m.

Southern Baja and the lower 2/3 of the Gulf of California to southern Mexico.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Planktivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • Cortez + Mexican provinces endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 4
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 30