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Lupinoblennius vinctus
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Lupinoblennius vinctus

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Main identification features
  • cirri: 1 unbranched over eye, none over nostril
  • d: no notch after spines
  • ll: 2 parts, 2nd part short
  • 1 canine rear of both jaws
  • opercular membrane not fused to belly


Body and head compressed; jaw teeth in single rows, fixed, bluntly pointed, with a canine tooth at rear of top and bottom jaws, canines larger in males; gill membranes free, forming a transverse flap under throat; a single unbranched cirrus over eye, no cirri on nape or over nostrils; dorsal fin with XII spines, without a notch between spiny and soft parts; lateral line in two parts, lower part along midline starting above anal fin origin, short.

This genus, with 4 known species, is restricted to the tropical west Atlantic (the greater Caribbean and Brazil). One Caribbean species has passed through the Panama Canal and established a population at the Pacific entrance to that canal.

  • Dawson, C.E., 1970., The caribbean atlantic blenny Lupinoblennius dispar (Tribe: Blenniini), with observations on a pacific population., Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash., 83:273-286.
  • Herre, A.W., 1942., Notes on a collection of fishes from Antigua and Barbados, British West Indies., Stanford University Publications (University Series) Biological Sciences, 7:289-305.
  • Jordan , D.S. and Evermann, B.W., 1898., The fishes of North and Middle America: a descriptive catalogue of the species of fish-like vertebrates found in the waters of North America, north of the Isthmus of Panama. Part III., Bull. U.S. Nat. Mus., 47:2183-3136.
  • McCosker , J. E. and Dawson, C. E., 1975., Biotic passage through the Panama Canal, with particular reference to fishes., Marine Biology, 30:343-351.
  • Poey, F., 1867., Peces Cubanos especies nuevas., Repertorio Fisico-Natural de la Isla de Cuba, 2:229-245.


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