Shorefishes of the Eastern Pacific online information system

Español  Contact

Species: Hypsoblennius brevipinnis, Barnaclebill blenny

All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

eye: 1 branched cirrus
head: dark spots, pale oblique bar behind eye
D: shallow notch
no canines

Hypsoblennius brevipinnis (Günther, 1861)

Barnaclebill blenny

Moderately elongate; short robust head, with very steep front profile; a 4-branched cirrus over eye, no cirri at nostrils or on nape; teeth with blunt flattened tips, in single rows, not movable, no canines on either jaw; gill openings restricted to sides of body by fusion of gill cover membranes to throat; dorsal fin X-XII, 15-16, with a slight notch between the spiny and soft parts; fin rays unbranched, except on tail fin; lateral line ends under end of spiny dorsal fin; no scales.

Upper sides dark brown with a horizontal rows of circular tan patches (often with dark brown centers) just below base of dorsal fin and second row of smaller patches or spots just below; lower sides whitish to yellow; head with small brown spots and a prominent tan oblique band behind eye, with a dark-edged whitish stripe on its upper and lower margin.

Size: grows to 7 cm.

Lives in empty barnacle shells, usually in 1-3 m.

Depth: 1-10 m.

Central Baja and the Central Gulf of California to Peru, including Galapagos, Cocos and Malpelo Islands.

Has been collected in the locks at the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal.


High Resolution Map Download

Species Data Create Report Export as Word File Export as Excel File
Salinity
  • Freshwater
  • Brackish
  • Marine
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Freshwater
  • Rocks
  • Barnacles & worm tubes
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Estuary
  • Flotsam
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Omnivore
Diet
  • Sponges/seasquirts/bryozoa
  • Benthic microalgae
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Sessile crustacea
  • Sessile worms
  • Soft corals/hydroids
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Benthic
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continent
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 7
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 10