Acanthemblemaria balanorum

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Acanthemblemaria balanorum
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Chaenopsidae
Genus: Acanthemblemaria
Species: A. balanorum
Binomial name
Acanthemblemaria balanorum
Brock, 1940
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Acanthemblemaria balanorum is a species of fish in the family Chaenopsidae known by the common names clubhead blenny and clubhead barnacle blenny. It is native to the eastern Pacific Ocean, where it occurs from the Gulf of California along the coast of Mexico south to Colombia[1] and Ecuador.[2]

This fish lives in rocky reef habitat in tropical marine waters no deeper than 5 meters. It inhabits empty barnacle shells,[3] in particular those of Megabalanus tintinnabulum.[4] The female lays eggs inside the shell and the male guards them. This fish feeds primarily on zooplankton.[3]


  1. ^ a b Bessudo, S., et al. 2010. Acanthemblemaria balanorum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. Downloaded on 27 March 2015.
  2. ^ Béarez, P., Bujard, J. T., & Campoverde, R. (2007). Description of four small reef fishes from Ecuador: Oxycirrhites typus (Cirrhitidae), Acanthemblemaria balanorum (Chaenopsidae), Arcos decoris (Gobiesocidae) and Lythrypnus dalli (Gobiidae). Cybium 31(4), 477-79.
  3. ^ a b Froese, R. and D. Pauly, Editors. Acanthemblemaria balanorum. 2015. FishBase.
  4. ^ Lindquist, D. G. (1985). Depth zonation, micro habitat, and morphology of three species of Acanthemblemaria (Pisces: Blennioidea) in the Gulf of California, Mexico. Marine Ecology 6(4), 329-44.

Further reading[edit]

  • Brock, V. E. 1940 (23 Dec.) [ref. 13593] Three new blennioid fishes from the west coast of Mexico. Stanford Ichthyological Bulletin v. 2 (no. 1): 29-35.