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| Common names: blenny (English), trambollo (Espanol) |
Malacoctenus costaricanus Springer, 1959
Head slender, snout pointed; 4-7 pores under tip of chin; a 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, notch between spines and rays; anal II, 20; pectoral 13-14 (usually 14) rays; 3 pelvic soft rays; 50-51 lateral line scales; 1 or more scales on top of back in front of dorsal fin, and on lower margin of pectoral base.
Head light, with dark spots behind eye & on gill cover; body with 6 irregular bars, darker above midline & extending onto dorsal fin; adults with longitudinal series of small spots along flank; front of dorsal fin dark, rear with scattered spots; tail fin barred.
Size: 6.2 cm.
Habitat: coastal rocky areas.
Depth: 1-10 m?
El Salvador to Costa Rica.