Starksia atlantica Longley, 1934
Smooth-eye blenny
photo by C.C. Baldwin et al.

Family:  Labrisomidae (Labrisomids)
Max. size:  2.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 1 - 8 m
Distribution:  Western Central Atlantic: Bahamas (Ref. 5521), Virgin Islands (Ref. 26180), Belize, Honduras, and Colombia (Ref. 26280). Also Navassa Island (Ref. 50108).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 18-19; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7-8; Anal soft rays: 15-16; Vertebrae: 31-33. Dark blotches on trunk often arranged in 2 or 3 horizontal tiers; pale gap between 2 blotches of darker pigment on pectoral-fin base with wavy margins; cheek with irregular horseshoe-shaped blotch of pigment; no streak of dark pigment along distal edge of preopercle.
Biology:  Inhabits coral reefs.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 24 March 2011 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 12.02.96
Modified by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 23.06.04

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