Malacoctenus margaritae, Machalilla, Ecuador, Photo: Graham Edgar
Tropical Eastern Pacific
Females with olive to grey-brown back, and a pale lower body. Three black spots along mid line on rear of body with one on tail base, and a series of indistinct U-shaped markings on back with white blotches along base of dorsal fin. Usually found among coral rubble. Similar M. mexicanus (Mexican Blenny) has less distinct markings.
Max Size: 7 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 25.5-30.3°C
Habitat: Coral Reef
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Common (22% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Few (3 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.