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Species: Hypsoblennius gentilis, Bay blenny

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eye: 1 simple cirrus
lower head: red bars
D: front - white blotch + 2 red spots
flank: row white blotches
no canines

Hypsoblennius gentilis (Girard, 1854)

Bay blenny

Moderately elongate; short robust head, with very steep front profile; a small cirrus above posterior nostril; an unbranched cirrus present above eye, very elongate in adult males; no cirri on nape; teeth with blunt flattened tips, in single rows, not movable, no rear canines on either jaw; gill openings restricted to sides of body by fusion of gill cover membranes to throat; dorsal fin XI-XII, 16-18, a slight notch between the spiny and soft parts; anal rays II, 16-19.

Brown to greenish, white on throat and belly region; upper back with series of dark brown saddle-like marks; a horizontal row of white blotches along side at level of pectoral fin base; dorsal fin with a red blotch at front; adult males  with red bar across throat, most evident during the breeding season.

Size: to 15 cm.

Inhabits intertidal shallows.

Depth: 0-25 m.

Monterey, California to the W and central E Gulf of California.


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Salinity
  • Brackish
  • Marine
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
Habitat
  • Rocks
  • Barnacles & worm tubes
  • Reef only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Omnivore
  • No Data
Diet
  • Sessile crustacea
  • Benthic microalgae
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Soft corals/hydroids
  • Data
  • Sessile worms
  • Sponges/seasquirts/bryozoa
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • All species
  • Temperate Eastern Pacific, primarily
  • Continent only
  • California province, primarily
  • Continental TEP endemic
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 15
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 25