Emblemaria piratula

FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
ChaenopsidaeEmblemaria piratulaGinsburg and Reid1942Pirate Blenny

Emblemaria piratula

Unique Characters: Each jaw with canine-like or incisor-like teeth anteriorly. 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. Lateral line absent. Scales absent. Two obvious segmented pelvic-fin rays (third ray vesitigial or goes 5 or more times in length of longest).

Similar Species: Banner Blenny Emblemaria atlantica. Each jaw with canine-like or incisor-like teeth anteriorly. 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. Lateral line absent. Scales absent. Three obvious segmented pelvic-fin rays (third ray goes 4 or fewer times in length of longest).

Emblemaria atlantica
Banner Blenny – Emblemaria atlantica Photo Credit: G.W. Link

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