Genus: Hypsoblennius, Blennies
eye: 1 branched cirrus
D: XI-XIII, small notch after spines
rear of jaws - no canines
gill opening restricted to side
Moderately elongate; short robust head, with very steep front profile; a branched cirrus over eye, with or without cirri at nostrils, no cirri 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 with X-XIII spines, little or no notch between the spiny and soft parts; fin rays unbranched, except on tail fin; lateral line ends under end of spiny dorsal fin; no scales.
A new world tropical to warm temperate genus with 16 species; there are 11 species endemic to the eastern Pacific, with 8 present in our region.