Pointy nose, diagonal bars, lives in rocks with a surge-Blenny?



(Picture 1) This is another of the few fish I haven't been able to ID.  He was in about 2 feet of water in a rocky surge area. (His closest neighbors were some Molly Millers and a Night Sergeant) He's got the pointy nose like a blenny, acts like a blenny, but I can't find a blenny in the Reef Set that has these diagonal body bars and 3 white spots along his spine on the rear 3/4 of his body. He was actually positioned head down in a crevase of a rock wall. (why the pic is dark). I turned the pic for a better viewing angle.

The fish in the 2nd and 3rd picture looks like the same fish because of the coloring and white spots. It was found in same general area of rocks, but the fish in these two pictures has a "sail" foredorsal fin that the fish in the first picture isn't presenting. (Maybe it's there but folded back and blurred in the dark backround). I can't find anything like him in the Reef Set either.

St. John, USVI

Thanks again for any help.



I think it is a Barfin

I think it is a Barfin Blenny. Nice picutres.


Just a snorkeler, islandbarb

Hi Jess,

Thanks so much for pointing me in the right direction.  After checking Fishbase, I see that you were spot on. 


Barfin Blenny, Malacoctenus versicolor

Yes, definitely a Barfin Blenny, Malacoctenus versicolor. Very nice find! The FishBase picture is one of mine from the Bahamas. The versicolor down in the Caribbean seem to be a bit darker than ours. Compare your blenny with Keri Wilk's (from St. Vincent): http://reefnet.ca/gallery/2003_StVincent/Fishes/KeriWilk/barfin+blenny-0.... They look very similar.


It's a definite match..

Just a snorkeler, islandbarb

Yes, a definite match. Thanks for the link. 

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