IUCN threat status:

Vulnerable (VU)

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  Common names: blenny (English), trambollo (Espanol)
Malacoctenus zonogaster (Heller & Snodgrass, 1903)

Spot-belly blenny,     Belted blenny

Head slender, snout pointed; a close-set pair of heavily branched nape cirri, a branched cirrus over eye; upper part of rear end of top jaw covered by bone under eye; no small teeth behind outer row of large teeth on upper jaw; no teeth on sides of roof of mouth;  dorsal fin XXI, 11, (XX-XXII, 10-12), notch between spines and rays; anal II, 21 (20-22); pectoral 14; 3 pelvic soft rays;  57-64 lateral line scales; scales present or absent on midline in front of dorsal fin, present on breast, absent from prepectoral region.

Greenish on upper half and white below, 5-6 irregular-shaped dark bars on side; a large (eye-sized) dark spot on upper half of gill cover; narrow greenish-brown bars on lower part of head and lower body.

Size: to 8.5 cm.

Common in rocky shallows, including tide pools.

Depth: 1-10 m.

Galapagos Islands.


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