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  Common names: blenny (English), borracho (Espanol), cachudito (Espanol), trambollito (Espanol)
Hypsoblennius proteus (Krejsa, 1960)

Socorro blenny,     Variable blenny

Moderately elongate; short robust head, steep front profile; nostril with slender cirrus; 2 pairs long slender cirri above eyes; no cirri 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 XI-XII, 12-13, shallow notch between the spiny and soft parts; anal rays II, 14-15.

Head olive to flesh; a blue-dotted, blue-white bordered orange bar angles down & back from eye; blue-black blotch to half-moon behind eye; orange bars composed of dense dots radiate from eye; eye cirri orange; iris orange, sometimes with inner blue-white ring; body pale olive to flesh above, flesh with black peppering on belly; 5 dark red-brown to blackish bars on upper ½ of body and tail base; with irregular blotches in between; a series of white lines and spots along the midflank; pectoral with blue-white bar angled across base, clear membranes, brown to blackish rays; dorsal light olive-green, dusted with black, more densely on spiny part; anal olive, sometimes with white margin; tail with olive base fading to clear margin.

Size: 3.8 cm.

Habitat: rocky shores.

Depth: 0-5 m.

Revillagigedos Islands.


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