IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: blenny (English), trambollo (Espanol)
Malacoctenus gigas Springer, 1959

Sonora 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, 12, (XIX-XXIII, 12-14), notch between spines and rays; anal II, 22-23 (20-24); pectoral 14 (13-15); 3 pelvic soft rays;  53-65 lateral line scales; scales present or absent on midline in front of dorsal fin; scales present on prepectoral and breast areas of specimens > 5 cm SL.

Greenish on upper half, whitish on breast and belly, 4-5 irregular-shaped dark brown bars on side; male:  dorsal, anal and caudal fin of uniformly dusky: female:  dorsal, anal and tail fins spotted, lower flank with reticular pattern of dark lines.

Size: to 13 cm.

Habitat: very common in the northern Gulf of California on shallow reefs among seaweed.

Depth: 1-5 m.

Western and northeastern Gulf of California.


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