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Species: Hypsoblennius sordidus, Bull blenny

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1 eye cirrus with 0-6 side branches
dark spots on snout, head with orange marks
D distinctly notched, soft part higher
no canines
LL ends under last D ray

Hypsoblennius sordidus (Bennett, 1828)

Bull blenny

Moderately elongate; short robust head, with very steep front profile; eye cirrus simple or with up to 6 side branches; a short cirrus at nostril, none 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 XII, 16-18, with a distinct notch between the spiny and soft parts, soft part higher; anal fin II, 18-20; lateral line ends under last dorsal rays.

Pale tan; head with small dark spots on snout and top of mouth, spots sometimes also on top of head, operculum and lower part of mouth; lower head with several orange bars; behind eye with two orange dashes above and below a dark spot; body and tail base with ~ 6 irregular dark bars, the last 2 bars blackish, with a white bar between them; dorsal fin with dark body bars extending onto its base as red blotches, front of dorsal with a black blotch, bordered at rear by white; rest of fin mottled red, brown and white.

Reaches 11.6 cm.

Habitat: lives on rocky reefs.

Depth range 1-10 m?

Caleta de Cruz, Peru, to Chile.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Rocks
  • Reef only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Omnivore
  • Planktivore
  • Zooplankton
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Benthic macroalgae/seagrasses
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Sea-stars/cucumbers/urchins
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • TEP non-endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • All species
  • Continent only
  • Temperate Eastern Pacific, primarily
  • Peruvian province, primarily
  • Continent
  • Vagrant
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
  • 11.6
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 10