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Species: Ophioblennius clippertonensis, Clipperton fanged-blenny

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nape cirri: 9.7 (6-14)
D2 23 (22-24); A 24 (23-25)

Ophioblennius clippertonensis

Clipperton fanged-blenny

Elongate, compressed; head short blunt, steep front profile; a bushy tuft of cirri above posterior nostrils; cirrus above eye slender, unbranched; 9.7 (6-14) short cirri on sides of nape; teeth numerous, movable, a large, curved canine tooth at rear on each side of lower jaw; gill openings wide, open below body; dorsal fin XI-XIII, 23 (22-24), without notch between spiny & soft parts; anal rays II, 24 (23-25); pectoral rays usually 15; lateral line in 2 disconnected, overlapping parts, with 10 or fewer tubes in rear section.

Head and body dark brown; a dark brown or blackish spot (sometimes surrounded by pale area) behind eye.

Maximum size, 18 cm.

Inhabits coral reef.

At depths to about 20 m.

Endemic to Clipperton Island.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Corals
  • Reef only
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Herbivore
  • Detritivore
  • No Data
  • Benthic microalgae
  • Detritus
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • TEP endemic
  • Island (s) only
  • Island (s)
  • TEP oceanic island (s) endemic
  • Clipperton Island endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Vulnerable
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Depth Range Max
  • 20
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Length Max
  • 18