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| Common names: blenny (English), cachudito (Espanol), trambollito (Espanol), borracho (Espanol) |
Hypsoblennius brevipinnis (Günther, 1861)
Moderately elongate; short robust head, with very steep front profile; a long, slender cirrus with several branches over eye, rear nostril with a broad cirrus, none on nape; teeth with blunt flattened tips, in single rows, not movable, no rear canines on either jaw; gill openings restricted to sides of body by fusion of gill cover membranes to throat; dorsal fin XII, 12, a slight notch between the spiny and soft parts; anal rays II, 14.
Upper sides dark brown with horizontal row of circular tan patches (often with dark brown centers) just below base of dorsal fin and second row of smaller patches or spots just below; lower sides whitish to yellow; head with small brown to red spots and prominent oblique tan band behind eye, with dark-edged whitish stripe on its upper and lower margin.
Size: grows to 7 cm.
Lives in empty barnacle shells, usually in 1-3 m.
Depth: 1-10 m.
Central Baja and the Central Gulf of California to Peru, including Galapagos, Cocos and Malpelo Islands.
Has been collected in the locks at the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal.