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Family Chaenopsidae - Tube blennies, pike blennies and flag blennies

Fishbase lists 9 genera and 56 species in the family Chaenopsidae. Most family members are small, the largest, the sarcastic fringehead, reaches 30 cm (12 inches to the average American). The family is found on North, South and Central American coasts.

Some species are highly territorial - the sarcastic fringehead (why is it sarcastic anyway?) indulges in apparently ferocious battles in which rivals rush at each other with their flattened lips extended to the sides. While these tussles look dangerous not much damage seems to ensue - the loser beats a hasty retreat.

In other species such as the Gulf signal blenny, males signal to females by darting out of their burrows and extending their magnificent dorsal fin.

Most members of the family are small and they all lack scales. The name tube blenny stems from their use of abandoned invertebrate burrows as homes.

They apparently mostly eat crustaceans.

 

Acanthemblemaria crockeri Browncheek blenny

photo of browncheek blenny

FISH 6853 Male Acanthemblemaria crockeri Browncheek blenny, near Loreto, Sea of Cortez, Baja California Sur.

female browncheek blenny head shot

FISH 6008 Female Acanthemblemaria crockeri Browncheek blenny (yawning?), near Loreto, Sea of Cortez, Baja California Sur.

Chaenopsis species

Cahenopsis tube blenny photo

FISH 5225 Unidentified tube blenny, Chaenopsis species, in tube. Near Loreto, Sea of Cortez, Baja California Sur.

Photo of  Unidentified tube blenny

FISH 6580 Tube blenny, Chaenopsis species in tube, near Loreto, Sea of Cortez, Baja California Sur.

Chaenopsis tube blenny looking at photographer

FISH 5657 Tube blenny, Chaenopsis species, possibly alepidota, in tube, near Loreto, Sea of Cortez, Baja California Sur.

Emblemania hypacanthus Gulf signal blenny

Gulf signal blenny outside hole

FISH 5761 Emblemania hypacanthus Gulf signal blenny outside burrow, near Loreto, Sea of Cortez, Baja California Sur.

Male signal blenny photo

FISH 5830 Emblemania hypacanthus Gulf signal blenny surveying the surroundings. Near Loreto, Sea of Cortez, Baja California Sur.

Make signal blenny photo of male displaying

FISH 5854 Emblemania hypacanthus male Gulf signal blenny displaying. Lateral view. Near Loreto, Sea of Cortez, Baja California Sur.

Male signal blenny displaying vertical photo

FISH 5845 Emblemania hypacanthus Gulf signal blenny displaying. Near Loreto, Sea of Cortez, Baja California Sur.

Male signal blenny displaying outside tube

FISH 5869 Emblemania hypacanthus Gulf signal blenny displaying,, three quarter view. Near Loreto, Sea of Cortez, Baja California Sur.

Male singal blenny displaying close-up photo

FISH 5882 Emblemania hypacanthus Gulf signal blenny displaying, closeup of head. Near Loreto, Sea of Cortez, Baja California Sur.

Emblemariopsis bahamensis Blackhead blenny

Emblemariopsis bahamensis

FISH 3234 Emblemariopsis bahamensis, Blackhead blenny, female Glover's Reef, Belize.

Emblemariopsis bahamensis blackhead blenny

FISH 3245 Emblemariopsis bahamensis, Blackhead blenny, female Glover's Reef, Belize.

Emblemariopsis bahamensis blackhead blenny

FISH 3246 Emblemariopsis bahamensis, Blackhead blenny, female Glover's Reef, Belize.

Emblemariopsis bahamensis blackhead blenny

FISH 3248 Emblemariopsis bahamensis, Blackhead blenny, female Glover's Reef, Belize.

Lucayablennius zingaro Arrow blenny

Lucayablennius zingaro, the Arrow blenny

FISH 2975 Lucayablennius zingaro Arrow blenny. Glover's Reef, Belize.

 

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