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Species: Labrisomus wigginsi, Baja blenny

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nape cirri long
D XVII-XVIII, high front
body: 7 bars, extend onto D, ocellus between 1st 2 bars
no canines
LL 60-64
pectoral 15
A 16-17

Labrisomus wigginsi Hubbs, 1953

Baja blenny

Body robust; head broad, snout blunt; eye large; nostrils with cirri; a branched cirrus over each eye; large bunch of heavily branched cirri on each side of nape, length of the nape groups equal to gill cover; mouth large, slightly oblique, top rear jawbone exposed, not in a sheath; teeth at sides and on center front of roof of mouth small, equal in size in both areas; dorsal fin XVII-XVIII, 10-12, first dorsal spine long (> 1.5 times opercle length), but < longest rays, size then decreases to 3rd  and 4th  spines then increase again, front rays 1.5x length of 1st  spine, notch between spines and rays; anal rays II, 16-17; pectoral rays 15 (14-15); 3 pelvic soft rays; 60-64 lateral line scales; head and nape scaleless; dorsal fin with only small patches of scales in front of rays after the 4th  spine; anal scaleless; tail fin with scales on inner 1/8, pectoral fin with scales on inner 1/6.

Brownish; head mottled; 4 bars on body, 3 under spiny dorsal, 1 under 8th  soft ray; 5 less distinct bars before, between and behind these; all bars extend across dorsal fin; an ocellus on dorsal between the front 2 bars; anal fin with 7 alternating light and dark bars not linked to body bars; tail fin with a light tear-drop shaped spot on the center of its base, rest of fin is dark, with light spots along rear margin; pectorals with a dark bar at base, stronger below.

Size: reaches at least 9 cm.

Lives occurs on shallow, weed-covered rocky reefs.

Depth: 0-4 m.

Central to southern Baja, on the Pacific coast.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Reef only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • TEP non-endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • California province, primarily
  • Temperate Eastern Pacific, primarily
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • All species
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Data deficient
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 9
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 4