IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: tube-blenny (English), trambollín-tubícola (Espanol)
Coralliozetus springeri Stephens & Johnson in Stephens, Hobson & Johnson, 1966

Springer's tube-blenny

Elongate, relatively robust; head short, blunt, wide, not spiny on top; simple cirri at nostrils; usually 2 unbranched cirri above each eye, the posterior one very tiny; no cirri on nape; notch at middle of top lip; 1 row of teeth on each side of roof of mouth; dorsal fin XVII-XVIII, 11-12, notch between spines and rays, front of fin slightly elevated in both sexes; anal rays II, 18-19; pectoral rays 13.

Semi-translucent to whitish; males with blackish head densely speckled with blue-white dots; eye cirri blue; front of dorsal dark or dark & white, a series of ~ 10 short dark bars above base of anal fin; female with white blotches in head, front of dorsal fin white.

Size: to 2.5 cm.

Inhabits empty barnacle, worm and mollusc tubes on rocky reefs.

Depth: 1-15 m.

Costa Rica to Ecuador, including Cocos Island.


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