IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: blenny (English), trambollo (Espanol)
Malacoctenus hubbsi Springer, 1959

Redside blenny

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.


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