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| Common names: blenny (English), borracho (Espanol), cachudito (Espanol), trambollito (Espanol) |
Hypsoblennius gentilis (Girard, 1854)
Moderately elongate; short robust head, with very steep front profile; a small cirrus above posterior nostril; an unbranched cirrus present above eye, very elongate in adult males; 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, 16-18, a slight notch between the spiny and soft parts; anal rays II, 16-19.
Brown to greenish, white on throat and belly region; upper back with series of dark brown saddle-like marks; a horizontal row of white blotches along side at level of pectoral fin base; dorsal fin with a red blotch at front; adult males with red bar across throat, most evident during the breeding season.
Size: to 15 cm.
Inhabits intertidal shallows.
Depth: 0-25 m.
Monterey, California to the W and central E Gulf of California.