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  Common names: signal-blenny (English), trambollín-señalizador (Espanol), tubícola (Espanol)
 
Emblemaria walkeri Stephens, 1963


Elusive signal-blenny



Body elongate; head short and blunt; head without spines; 2 serrated longitudinal ridges on snout; males with bony flange below eye expanded, overlapping upper lip; 1 unbranched cirrus over eye that is often longer than eye; 1 row of teeth on each side of roof of mouth;  dorsal fin XXI-XXII, 15-18, male with large, sail-like front of dorsal fin, 1st  spine with 1 relatively large flag-like skin flap at front at base; dorsal fin low and even in female; anal rays II, 25-26; pectoral rays 13; pelvic fin longer than pectoral.


Males  brown on head, dark reddish brown on body with faint large dark blotches along middle of side and whitish saddles below base of spinous dorsal fin, eye and cirri red; females  reddish with whitish saddles below base of dorsal fin.


Size: grows to 6.5 cm.


Inhabits empty mollusc tubes on sand-rubble bottoms.

Depth: 5-20 m.

Western and central eastern Gulf of California.
   

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