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Emblemaria hyltoni  Johnson & Greenfield, 1976

Filament blenny
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Chaenopsidae (Pike-, tube- and flagblennies)
Etymology: Emblemaria: Latin, emblema = insertion, inlaid work, raised ornament (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Greenfield.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated.   Tropical

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Western Atlantic: off Belize and Honduras.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 51458)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 21 - 23; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-17; Anal spines: 2. Species distinguished by: bases of first 3 anterior dorsal-fin spines separated from bases of remaining spines by a noticeable gap; first 1 or 2 spines of males elongate and filamentous, length of longest about equal to 2/3 standard length; pectoral-fin rays 14; dorsal-fin spines 21 to 23; segmented dorsal-fin rays 13 to 17; total dorsal-fin elements 30 to 38; 2 obvious segmented pelvic-fin rays (third ray vestigial or goes 5 or more times in length of longest); cirrus on eye arising from a single base, longer than eye diameter in males (and often in females); head smooth anteriorly, never spiny; tip of lower jaw not projecting beyond tip of upper jaw and fleshy projection; no stripe or series of dark blotches on head and body; one row of teeth on each palatine bone. Common amongst Chaenopsids: small elongate fishes; largest species about 12 cm SL, most under 5 cm SL. Head usually with cirri or fleshy flaps on anterior nostrils, eyes, and sometimes laterally on nape; gill membranes continuous with each other across posteroventral surface of head. Each jaw with canine-like or incisor-like teeth anteriorly; teeth usually also present on vomer and often on palatines (roof of mouth). Dorsal-fin spines flexible, usually outnumbering the segmented soft rays, spinous and segmented-rayed portions forming a single, continuous fin; 2 flexible spines in anal fin; pelvic fins inserted anterior to position of pectoral fins, with 1 spine not visible externally and only 2 or 3 segmented (soft) rays; all fin rays, including caudal-fin rays, unbranched (simple). Lateral line absent. Scales absent (Ref.52855).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Max. length (Joyce Burek, pers. comm., 2004).

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

Acero, A.P., 1985. Zoogeographical implications of the distribution of selected families of Caribbean coral reef fishes. Proc. of the Fifth International Coral Reef Congress, Tahiti, Vol. 5. (Ref. 26280)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00457 (0.00182 - 0.01148), b=3.08 (2.86 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.1   ±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) .