Paraclinus barbatus Springer, 1955
Goatee blenny
Paraclinus barbatus
photo by Charteris, M.

Family:  Labrisomidae (Labrisomids)
Max. size:  3.4 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: Virgin Islands and the Bahamas.
Diagnosis:  Anal spines: 2-2. Species distinguished by: dorsal-fin elements consisting either of spines only or spines and 1 segmented ray; prominent median fleshy barbel on chin. Common amongst Labrisomids: small, often elongate fishes; largest species about 20 cm SL, most under 10 cm SL. Head usually with cirri or fleshy flaps on anterior nostrils, eyes, and laterally on nape; gill membranes continuous with each other across posteroventral surface of head. Each jaw with an outer row of relatively large, canine-like or incisor-like teeth, often with patches of smaller teeth behind; teeth usually also present on vomer and often on palatines (roof of mouth). Dorsal and anal fins long, frequently highest anteriorly; dorsal-fin spines often flexible, outnumbering segmented dorsal-fin soft rays; 2 usually flexible spines in anal fin; pelvic fins inserted anterior to pectoral-fin bases, with 1 spine not visible externally and only 2 or 3 segmented rays; all fin rays, including those of caudal, unbranched (simple). Lateral-line tubes or canals varying from complete (extending entire length of body) to present only on anterior portion of body (absent in 1 species).Cycloid (smooth to touch) scales present at least posteriorly on body. Body coloration: varying from drab to brilliant hues; usually with irregular vertical bands, spots, or marbled pattern (Ref.52855).
Biology: 
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 18 October 2007 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 12.02.96
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 16.01.14

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