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| Common names: blenny (English), trambollo (Espanol) |
Malacoctenus hubbsi Springer, 1959
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 XX, 11, (XIX-XXI, 9-13), notch between spines and rays; anal II, 19-21 (18-23); pectoral 14 (13-15); 3 pelvic soft rays; 49-61 lateral line scales; scales absent on midline in front of dorsal fin; scales absent or present on prepectoral and breast areas of adults.
Males light greenish on upper half, reddish or pink on lower half, 5-6 irregular-shaped dark brown bars on side and narrow stripes below; a small dark spot in front of each pelvic fin base; females similar except lacking reddish or pink hue on belly.
Size: grows to 9 cm.
Habitat: the most common blenny in rocky shallows of the Gulf of California.
Depth: 1-7.6 m.
Central Baja California to the Gulf of California to southern Mexico.
M. h. hubbsi occurs in the Gulf, M. h. polysporosus in central and southern Mexico.