IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: blenny (English), borracho (Espanol), cachudito (Espanol), trambollito (Espanol)
Hypsoblennius gentilis (Girard, 1854)

Bay blenny

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.


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