IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: fanged blenny (English), borracho (Espanol), cachudito (Espanol), trambollito (Espanol)
Ophioblennius steindachneri Jordan & Evermann, 1898

Panamic fanged blenny,     Large-banded fanged blenny

Elongate, compressed; short blunt head with steep front profile; a bushy tuft of cirri above posterior nostrils; cirrus above eye slender, unbranched; about 5 short cirri on each side of nape; teeth numerous, movable, a large, curved canine tooth at rear on each side of lower jaw; gill openings wide, open below body; dorsal fin XI-XIII, 21-23 (usually 22), without notch between spiny & soft parts; anal rays II, 22-24 (usually 23); pectoral rays usually 15; lateral line in 2 disconnected, overlapping parts, with 10 or fewer tubes in rear section. 

Dark brown, often with yellowish bars on head and anterior part of body; a dark brown or blackish spot behind eye, sometimes surrounded by pale area.

Maximum size, 18 cm.

Inhabits shallow rocky reefs exposed to surge.

At depths to about 20 m.

Central Baja to the central Gulf of California to Peru, and all the oceanic islands.

There are two subspecies of O. steindachneri: O. s. clippertonensis from Clipperton, and O.s. steindachneri from the remainder of the eastern Pacific.


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