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      Redlip Blenny
      Redlip Blenny

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      Great White Shark

      Registered: January 2004
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      Scientific Name: Ophioblennius atlanticus
      Max. size: 19.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 8 m
      Climate: tropical
      Distribution: Eastern Atlantic = Azores and Madeira; Canary, Ascension, St. Helena, Cape Verde, San Tomé and Annobon Islands; St Paul's Rocks; and along the coast of west Africa from Senegal to Angola. Western Atlantic = Trindade Island (Brazil). Bermuda, North Carolina to Florida (USA), Bahamas, Caribbean, including Antilles to Brazil. Rare in northern Gulf of Mexico.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 21-23; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 24. Head profile in front of eyes vertical; forehead projects in front of snout. Head, body and anal fin dark reddish brown, sometimes pale pinkish gray; lips and parts of pectoral and tail fins red.
      Biology: Ophioblennius larvae are frequently taken in deep water column. The adults are restricted to shallow waters and dwell among rocks and coral reefs; where there is considerable wave action. Bites very severely, with its two very long and sharp canine teeth. Feeds on filamentous algae.
      Aquarium Care: The Redlip Blenny should be kept in an established system with a constant supply of microalgae growth. Spends its time hopping from spot to spot, picking at algae. May nip at stony corals and Tridacnid clam mantles. May be aggressive toward fish of the same or similar species. Keep one per tank.
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