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Species: Plagiotremus azaleus, Sabertooth Blenny

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very elongate
snout conical, overhanging
D: long, low, no notch, dark + blue margin
body: brown, yellow & white stripes
large canines front lower jaw



Plagiotremus azaleus (Jordan & Bollman, 1890)

Sabertooth blenny

Body very elongate; snout conical, strongly overhanging relatively small mouth; teeth stout, not movable, with greatly enlarged canines towards front of lower jaw; gill opening greatly reduced, on flank above pectoral fin; dorsal fin origin a little before gill opening, long, low, without notch, VII-IX, 31-35; anal rays II, 27-30; pectoral rays 12-13; tail fin concave, with a long filament in center; no lateral line.

A broad brown midlateral band from snout, through eye, on mid-side of body, with narrow yellow to white stripe immediately above; dorsal fin blackish, with blue-white outer margin; lower part of head and body white.

Size: reaches 10.2 cm.

Inhabits rocky reefs in 2-20 m.

Depth: 2-25 m.

Southern California to the central Gulf of California to central Peru, and all the offshore islands except Clipperton; stray reach to California.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • Corals
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Parasitic
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Data
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Depth Range Min
  • 2
Depth Range Max
  • 25
Length Max
  • 10.2