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  Common names: pike-blenny (English), trambollín-lucio (Espanol), trambollín (Espanol)
Chaenopsis schmitti Böhlke, 1957

Galapagos pike-blenny,     Yellow-mouth pike-blenny

Body very elongate; head long; no cirri on head; snout long & strongly pointed; long mouth, usually reaching far behind eye, tip of lower jaw projecting; first 3 mandibular pores (counting from front of jaw) equally spaced; at least a few teeth present on front roof of mouth; tip of tongue not extending forward as far as tooth patches on side roof of mouth; dorsal fin XVIII-XX, 33-38, front half of fin moderately tall and sail-like in adult males; anal rays II, 34-36; pectoral rays 12-13; tail fin rounded, joined to dorsal and anal fins.

Light olive to whitish with about 10 narrow greenish bars on side; branchiostegal membrane black; males:  head and anterior part of dorsal fin of often brownish to black with orange bars; females  with black ocellated spot at front of dorsal fin.

Size: reaches 8 cm.

Inhabits worm tubes on sand-rubble bottoms.

Depth: 5-30 m.

The Galapagos Islands.


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