Ophioblennius macclurei (Silvester, 1915)
Redlip blenny
photo by Wirtz, P.

Family:  Blenniidae (Combtooth blennies), subfamily: Salariinae
Max. size:  12.2 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated
Distribution:  Western Central Atlantic: North Carolina, USA and Bermuda southward to Brazil (Ref. 13628), including the western Gulf of Mexico and the Antilles.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 12-12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 19-21; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 20-21; Vertebrae: 33-33. Lateral line consists of 2 disconnected, elongate portions where the anterior portion overlaps with the anterior end of the ventral portion (Ref. 43469).
Biology:  Adults inhabit shallow, clear waters with coral or rock bottoms (Ref. 5521). Territorial (Ref. 9710). Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive (Ref. 205), and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal (Ref. 94114). Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters (Ref. 94114).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 18 October 2007 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Williams, Jeffrey T. - 05.10.95
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 27.02.14
Checked by: Williams, Jeffrey T. - 19.09.02

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