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Species: Hypsoblennius paytensis, Peruvian blenny

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eye cirrus - 1 bushy
groove: nape to eye
D: almost no notch
back: 6-7 dark saddles
eye: brown blotch + blue spot behind, 3-4 bars under
no canines

Hypsoblennius paytensis (Steindachner, 1876)

Peruvian blenny

Moderately elongate; short robust head, somewhat pointed, with convex upper profile; rear nostril with a simple eye-sized cirrus; a 3-branched cirrus above the eye, 1st  branch longest in female, 1st  2 branches 1.5-2.5 times length of eye in male; a shallow groove across head behind eye; concave between eyes; 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, 15-16, 4th  spine highest, higher in male than female, no notch between the spiny and soft parts; anal rays II, 17.

Light greyish yellow to light brown, with dark brown mottling and many small saddles on upper ½ of body; large brown spot with blue dot behind eye; 3-4 dark bars under eye; male: a blue and brown spot on 1st  3 spines of dorsal fin.

Size: 10 cm.

Habitat: rocky shores.

Depth: 0-10 m?

Costa Rica to northern Peru.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Barnacles & worm tubes
  • Reef only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Omnivore
  • No Data
  • No Data
  • Benthic microalgae
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continent only
  • Continent
  • All species
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • Panamic province endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 10
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10