Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Blenniiformes
(Blennies) > Chaenopsidae
(Pike-, tube- and flagblennies)
Etymology: Emblemariopsis: Latin, emblema = insertion, inlaid work, raised ornament + Greek, opsis = appearance (Ref. 45335). More on author: Greenfield.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; non-migratory; depth range 1 - 30 m (Ref. 51514), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Western Atlantic: Glovers Reef, coasts of Belize and Honduras.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 2 - 1.92 cm
Max length : 2.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 51514); 2.0 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Found on surface of hard corals and sea fans on coral reefs, from shallow reef crests to drop offs at depths to 30 m. Exhibit greater habitat specificity than other chaenopsids. Spirobranchus giganteus. Females and immature males move about on surface of or near live corals, particularly sea fans. Breeding males are particularly found only in tubes abandoned by serpulid worms Spirobranchus giganteus. These probably controls their population size (Ref. 51514).
Females lay eggs in tube cavities occupied by breeding males (Ref. 51514).
Smith, C.L., 1997. National Audubon Society field guide to tropical marine fishes of the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, Florida, the Bahamas, and Bermuda. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York. 720 p. (Ref. 26938)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
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Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 27.3 - 28.3, mean 27.9 °C (based on 139 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00457 (0.00183 - 0.01143), 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
): 3.2 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Fec = 21).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (12 of 100) .