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      Gargantuan Blenny
      Gargantuan Blenny

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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Cirripectes obscurus
      Max. size: 20.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 6 m
      Climate: tropical
      Distribution: Eastern Central Pacific = native to the Hawaiian Islands and Midway Islands.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 11-12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15-17; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 16-17; Vertebrae: 31-33. Head spotted; behind each eye are pupil-sized dark spots; iris yellowish in females, orange in males. No scales. Lateral line with small scale-like flaps on the anterior part; lateral line tubes 0-8, the last on caudal fin base. Cirri, supraorbital 10-26, nasal 14-42; nuchal 36-47, grouped into 2 that sometimes overlap at midpoint on nape, without nuchal flaps. Dorsal fin deeply incised above last spine. Lower lip crenulate mesially but plicate laterally.
      Biology: Occurs in the surge zone of rocky and coral reefs.
      Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of liverock. May nip on SPS, LPS, and clam mantles. Similar personality as Ecsenius spp., but more cryptic.
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