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Species: Protemblemaria perla, Fringed tube-blenny

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nape - U crest with flaps, 1 pair papillae
eye: 2 large branched cirri
body - brown spots and thin pale bars
D: red spots & bars

Protemblemaria perla Hastings, 2001

Fringed tube-blenny

Body elongate; head rounded, blunt, its top not spiny; snout with a fleshy ridge, but no cirrus in middle; 2 bushy, deeply branched cirri over each eye; rear nostril with a long cirrus; a U shaped crest with irregular fleshy skin flaps on nape; a pair of papillae on the nape; 1 row of teeth on each side of roof of mouth; dorsal fin XX, 18, little or no notch between spiny and soft parts; anal rays II, 25-26; pectoral rays 14.

Head & body grey, mottled; cheek with a dark blotch, 2 more on upper operculum; a series of dark-centered brown bars along side & series of dark saddles along dorsal fin base; dorsal fin with black spot between 2nd  & 3rd  spines, rust colored spots on rest of spiny part of fin and rust colored bars on outer part of soft part of fin, with a series of pale bars extending across entire spinous part of fin, and outer half of soft part of fin; tail and anal fins pale.

Size: 5 cm.

Habitat: rocky coast.

Depth: 5-15 m.

Known only from the Pearl Islands in Panama Bay.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Barnacles & worm tubes
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Panamic province endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • All species
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 5
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 15