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Species: Cottoclinus canops, Intermediary Blenny

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cirri: small, branched, on nostrils, eyes & nape
D: XXI, 10; spines lower than rays
A: I; rays thick, membranes cut to bases

Cottoclinus canops McCosker, Stephens & Rosenblatt, 2003

Intermediary Blenny

Body moderately elongate; head bulbous, slightly depressed; eyes high on head; nasal, eye and nape cirri small, branched, 1 pair on nape; mouth short, ends at rear margin of pupil; top rear corner of top jaw inserts in a cheek pouch; lips fleshy, lower lip with free ventral flap connected to chin, teeth conical, stout, slightly curved, lower jaw with a pair of front canines, ~ 5 conical teeth along side, followed by small flattened teeth; teeth on center of roof only; dorsal fin XX-XXI, 10, spines lower than soft rays, about equal height, except last three, which are shorter and form a distinct notch between spines and rays; anal fin I, 19, soft rays thickened and with fleshy tips, membranes between soft rays notched nearly to base of rays; all fin rays unbranched; lateral line with 47 pored scales; body scaled except on breast, belly, before pectoral and an area on nape extending back under first 4-5 dorsal spines; rear of scales with membranous pockets.

(Preserved fish) light brown, with 3-4 diffuse bars on body; head with many brown spots, top of eyeball dark, top lip with dark mark at rear, another in midside that extends down onto lower lip; lower half of pectoral with dark rays; tail fin with 3 bars.

Size: To 6.5 cm

Habitat: Tide pools.

Depth: 0-5 m.

Known only from 2 individuals collected at Española Island, southern Galapagos, in 1964.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • TEP oceanic island (s) endemic
  • Galapagos Islands endemic
  • Island (s) only
  • TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Data deficient
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 6.5
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5