IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: barnacle blenny (English), trambollín-cirripedio (Espanol), tubícola (Espanol)
Acanthemblemaria crockeri Beebe & Tee-Van, 1938

Brown-cheek barnacle-blenny

Body elongate; short blunt head; head spines strongly developed in two triangular patches on frontals separated by deep spineless depression; spines also present in 3 longitudinal rows on each side of central groove between eyes; cirri on nostrils, over eyes (1 pair, very bushy); but not on nape; 2 rows of well-developed teeth on side of roof of mouth; dorsal XXIII-XXVII, 12-15; anal II, 24-28; pectoral 13-14. 

Both sexes with a large black-ringed dark brown mark covering most of gill cover and many small white spots on the head; front of dorsal fin orangish; male:  dark brownish, with numerous small white spots and lines; female:  pale (whitish), with red to orange blotches along mid-flank, internal white dashes along vertebral column; orange throat region.

Size: attains 6 cm.

Inhabits empty worm and mollusc tubes on rocky reefs.

Depth: 1-60 m.

The Gulf of California, except in the extreme north.


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