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Species: Hypsoblennius striatus, Striated blenny

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eye: 1 cirrus long, branched
D: high, origin over preopercle, no notch
large dark blotch behind eye
no canines
lower body: many thin wavy dark bars

Hypsoblennius striatus (Steindachner, 1876)

Striated blenny

Moderately elongate; short robust head, steep front profile; nostril with slender cirrus; a branched cirrus above eye, relatively long and slender; 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 origin forwards, over preopercle, XII, 16, no notch between the spiny and soft parts; anal rays II, 17-18.

Mottled olive on back with 5-6 short, broad dark bars below base of dorsal fin, lower half pale, with many narrow vertical black lines; a large, dark brown to blackish blotch behind eye, two dark bars under eye; a dark blotch at front of dorsal fin.

Size: attains 8 cm.

Inhabits shallow reefs and tide pools.

Depth: 0-5 m.

Nicaragua to Panama.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Freshwater
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Rocks
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Freshwater
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Omnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Benthic microalgae
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Panamic province endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Near threatened
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 8
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5