Emblemaria pandionis Evermann & Marsh, 1900
Sailfin blenny
Emblemaria pandionis
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Chaenopsidae (Pike-, tube- and flagblennies)
Max. size:  6 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 1 - 12 m
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and northern Gulf of Mexico (Florida and Texas, USA) to northern South America.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 21-21; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16-16; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 23-24. Female light tan with scattered small pale spots and dark flecks; dorsal fin with diagonal broken dark lines anteriorly; males darker in general, especially the outer half of the spinous portion of the dorsal fin (Ref. 13442). Palatine teeth 10-12 (Ref. 47837).
Biology:  Inhabits areas with clear water, from rocky shores to coral reefs. Often lives in empty worm holes, coral rubble, or edges of channels where holes are available. Shy, leaves hole only for brief periods (Ref. 9710).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 18 October 2007 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 27.02.14
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 23.05.95

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