Scartella cristata

Scartella cristata
Molly Miller – Scartella cristata
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
BlenniidaeScartella cristata(Linnaeus)1758Molly Miller

Scartella cristata

Unique Characters: Segmented caudal-fin soft rays usually 13. Pectoral-fin soft rays usually 13-15. Dorsal-fin spines usually 12 or 13. Pectoral-fin soft rays usually 13 or 14. Lateral line variously formed, but never consisting of 2 disconnected, overlapping portions. Total dorsal-fin elements 25-30. Numerous cirri present on top of head, as well as on each eye.

Similar Species: Seaweed Blenny Parablennius marmoreus. Segmented caudal-fin soft rays usually 13. Pectoral-fin soft rays usually 13-15. Dorsal-fin spines usually 12 or 13. Pectoral-fin soft rays usually 13 or 14. Lateral line variously formed, but never consisting of 2 disconnected, overlapping portions. Total dorsal-fin elements 25-30. Cirri present only on eyes (cirri sometimes small or absent)Gill opening continuous from one side of head to other across ventral surface of head.

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