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Malacoctenus boehlkei  Springer, 1959

Diamond blenny
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Labrisomidae (Labrisomids)
Etymology: Malacoctenus: Greek, malakos = soft + Greek, kteis, ktenos = comb (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 5 - 70 m (Ref. 5521).   Tropical

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Western Central Atlantic: Bahamas and Virgin Islands south to Bonaire and west to Belize.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.4 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5521)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 21 - 22; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-13; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 20 - 23. Upper side has series of dark blotches; lower side has series of diamond-shaped markings (Ref. 26938). Males light brown, finely spotted with white, with an upper row of seven irregular dark-edged brown blotches and a lower row of ten smaller brown blotches of irregular diamond shape with pale centers; females have brownish orange blotches instead of dark brown (Ref. 13442).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabit patch reefs or other deeper water coral formations. Usually associated with Condylactis gigantea (Ref. 9710).

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Williams, Jeffrey T. | Collaborators

Böhlke, J.E. and C.C.G. Chaplin, 1993. Fishes of the Bahamas and adjacent tropical waters. 2nd edition. University of Texas Press, Austin. (Ref. 5521)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 25.4 - 28.1, mean 27.6 (based on 104 cells; Ref. 115970).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00933 (0.00394 - 0.02210), b=3.03 (2.83 - 3.23), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.4   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .