IUCN threat status:

Vulnerable (VU)

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  Common names: barnacle blenny (English), trambollín-cirripedio (Espanol)
Acanthemblemaria stephensi Rosenblatt & McCosker, 1988

Malpelo barnacle-blenny

Body elongate; short blunt head; bony spines on head well developed forming diamond-shaped patch above eye; spines and bony knobs also present between eyes and on snout; cirri on nostrils, over eyes (1 pair, unbranched), but not on nape; 2 rows of well-developed teeth on side of roof of mouth; dorsal XXIII-XXV, 12-14; anal II, 24-27; pectoral 13.

Translucent blue grey with bright red bars on lower half of body and corresponding diffuse red spots or blotches on upper half; a midlateral row of horizontally elongate white marks; head and body covered with numerous small, light blue spots; males with dark bluish black head, a bright red anterior dorsal fin with a black spot, red lips, and red cirri.

Size: reaches 5 cm.

Inhabits empty barnacles and worm or mollusc tubes on rocky reefs.

Depth: 0-10 m.

Known only from Isla Malpelo.


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