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Hypsoblennius paytensis (Steindachner, 1876)
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Hypsoblennius paytensis
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Hypsoblennius paytensis

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Main identification features
  • eye cirrus - 1 bushy; groove: nape to eye
  • d: ~no notch after spines
  • eye: spot behind, 3-4 bars under
  • back: 6-7 saddles
Gill openings restricted to sides of body by fusion of gill cover membranes to throat; nostril with a simple, eye-sized cirrus; 1 short, heavily branched cirri above the eye; groove along side of head between nape and eye; concave between eyes; dorsal XI-XII, 15-16, no notch between spiny & soft parts, 4th spine highest, higher in male than female; anal II, 17; pectoral reaches origin of anal; lateral line ends well before middle of body.

Light greyish yellow to light brown, with dark brown mottling or 6-7 irregular bars on upper 1/2 of body; large brown spot with blue dot at front behind eye; 3-4 dark bars under eye; blue and brown spot on 1st 3 spines of dorsal of male.

Size: 10 cm.

Habitat: rocky shores.

Depth: 0-10 m?.

Costa Rica to northern Peru.

Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo); South Temperate (Peruvian Province ).
Depth Range Max: 10 m.
Depth Range Min: 0 m.
Diet: mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs); benthic microalgae; mobile benthic worms.
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=10; Southern limit=-12; Western limit=-86; Eastern limit=-76; Latitudinal range=22; Longitudinal range=10.
Egg Type: Benthic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Omnivore.
FishBase Habitat: Demersal.
Global Endemism: Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic; East Pacific endemic; All species.
Habitat: Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom); Rocks; Reef (rock &/or coral); Barnacles & worm tubes; Reef only.
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 10 cm.
Regional Endemism: Continent only; Continent; TEP endemic; Continental TEP endemic; Panamic province endemic; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Marine; Marine Only.
Water Column Position: Bottom; Bottom only;

Scientific source:

Links to other sites

  • Bath, H., 2000., Verwandtschaftliche beziehungen der arten der gattung Hypsoblennius Gill 1861 (Pisces, Blenniidae)., Senckenbergiana Biologica, 80:175-187.
  • Béarez, P., 1996., Lista de los Peces Marinos del Ecuador Continental., Revista de Biologia Tropical, 44:731-741.
  • Fischer , W. , Krup , F. , Schneider , W. , Sommer , C. , Carpenter , K. E. and Niem, V. H., 1995., Guia FAO para la Identificacion de Especies de para los fines de la Pesca. Pacifico Centro-Oriental. Volumen II. Vertebrados - Parte 1., FAO2:647-1200.
  • Hildebrand, S.F., 1946., A descriptive catalog of the shore fishes of Peru., Bull. U.S. Nat. Mus., 189:1-530.
  • Jimenez-Prado, P., Béarez, P., 2004., Peces marinos del Ecuador continental / Marine fishes of continental Ecuador., SIMBIOE/NAZCA/IFEA tomo 1 y 2.
  • Lopez , M. I. and Bussing, W. A., 1982., Lista provisional de los peces marinos de la Costa Rica., Revista de Biologia Tropical, 30(1):5-26.
  • Starks, E. C., 1906., On a Collection of fishes made by P. O. Simons in Ecuador and Peru., Proc. U.S. Nat. Mus., 30:761-800.
  • Steindachner, F., 1876., Ichthyologische Beiträge (V). I. Zur Fischfauna von Panama, Acapulco und Mazatlan., Sitzungsber. Akad. Wiss. Wien, 74:49-240.


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