IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: blenny (English), trambollito (Espanol)
Paraclinus mexicanus (Gilbert, 1904)

Mexican blenny

Elongate, snout bluntly pointed; branched cirrus on nostril and eye, eye cirrus largest, nape cirrus smallest; opercle with a distinct flat spiny projection; dorsal fin XXVII-XXXI, 0-2; first dorsal spine < 10% SL front 3 spines elevated then a deep notch before 4th  spine, membrane between 3rd  and 4th  dorsal spines usually attached above midpoint of 4th  spine; anal rays 17-20; pectoral rays 12-14; pelvic I, 3, 3rd  soft ray small (< ½ 2nd) and partly fused to 2nd; all fin rays unbranched; lateral-line scales 31-36; no skin flaps on scales.

Strongly mottled greenish brown, sometimes with 6-7 diffuse bars on side; a prominent white-edged oblique dark bar below eye; a black ocellated spot on rear half of dorsal fin; dorsal and anal fin with thick dark bars .

Size: reaches 6 cm.

Inhabits shallow weed-covered rocky reefs.

Depth: 0-10 m.

The central Gulf of California to Ecuador, and Cocos.


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