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Genus: Labrisomus, Blennies

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bushy cirri: nostrils, nape & eyes
head wide, snout blunt
rear of top jaw bone exposed



Body robust; head broad, snout blunt; eye large; a branched cirrus over each eye, 2 or more heavily branched cirri on each side of nape; mouth large, slightly oblique, rear of top jawbone exposed, not in a sheath; patches of small teeth behind outer row of large teeth on upper jaw; teeth present or absent on sides of roof of mouth; dorsal fin XVIII-XXI, notched between spines and rays; pelvic fins with 1 internal spine, 3 soft rays, inserted before pectoral base; all fin rays unbranched; 40-69 lateral line scales; lateral line tubes or canals at least on front of body; smooth scales on rear of body.

A tropical to warm temperate genus found on both sides of the Atlantic as well as the eastern Pacific; with 20 species; 9 species in and endemic to the eastern Pacific, 5 of those endemic to our region.