Blenny Help

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This is the first time I have seen this blenny in my area, and we have a lot of different blennies.  I could use some help with ID on it.

It is about 1" long, in the northern Gulf of Mexico in 20 feet of water.  It prefers to remain on the surface of the reef structure and is fairly shy.  It also seems to enjoy hiding under stinging hydroids--I'm sure it's to discipline the photographer if they get too close.

These blennies, and there was more than one of them, have a lot of bright orange on them, and on some the area around the lips looked even redder.

This single artificial reef structure had several other blennies on it including seaweed, molly miller, tessellated, and zebratail.  I am wondering if zebratails get more colorful than we realize because of the banded pattern on the tail and the habit, cirri, etc match what looks like a gravid femail zebratail I photographed on the same reef a couple of weeks ago (Photo 4).  We definitely have zebratail blennies on other reefs in the area (photo 5).  I've included a photo for comparison.

 

H. springeri

I'm at school in Gainesville without my books... But Hypleurochilus springeri right?

Louis

Orangespotted

Louis,

I thought that might be the answer, but was told the tail is all wrong, and also that orangespotted aren't this far north.  Although I have changed the range of more than one fish with my photography.  :-)

Wild guess

This might be the Featherduster blenny, Hypleurochilus multifilis

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