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| Common names: barnacle blenny (English), trambollín-cirripedio (Espanol) |
Acanthemblemaria stephensi Rosenblatt & McCosker, 1988
Body elongate; short blunt head; bony spines on head well developed forming diamond-shaped patch above eye; spines and bony knobs also present between eyes and on snout; cirri on nostrils, over eyes (1 pair, unbranched), but not on nape; 2 rows of well-developed teeth on side of roof of mouth; dorsal XXIII-XXV, 12-14; anal II, 24-27; pectoral 13.
Translucent blue grey with bright red bars on lower half of body and corresponding diffuse red spots or blotches on upper half; a midlateral row of horizontally elongate white marks; head and body covered with numerous small, light blue spots; males with dark bluish black head, a bright red anterior dorsal fin with a black spot, red lips, and red cirri.
Size: reaches 5 cm.
Inhabits empty barnacles and worm or mollusc tubes on rocky reefs.
Depth: 0-10 m.
Known only from Isla Malpelo.