Red-Lipped Blenny Identification

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The red-lipped blenny is usually spotted on a rock or a coral head, displaying aggressive behavior. Look for the red-lipped blenny, which has an almost vertical head, with help from a scuba diving instructor in this free video on fish identification and marine life.

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The marine organism we're going to identify now is the Redlipped Blenny. The Redlipped Blenny’s are usually spotted perched on a rock out cropping, or a coral head guarding their territory. They can be very aggressive, and will chase any fish that comes too close to their self-proclaimed territory. Redlipped Blenny’s are larger members of the Blenny family. They can reach in length of up to five inches, but most are the two and half to the four and a half inch range. They can range in color from a light gray to a dark reddish brown, with some spurring a two-tone coloration with a dark head and a lighter back half of their body. They have blunt, almost vertical head with a red tint to their head and lips. Redlipped Blenny’s perch on a rock using their elongated ventral fins and their tail. They generally move across the reef in little hops, during which they barely rise above the surface of the coral. If threatened, they will quickly dart into a hole on the reef. Redlipped Blenny’s are generally not afraid of divers or snorkelers. If you get too close for their comfort, they will simply swim a short distance away and turn to watch you again. Redlipped Blenny’s are egg-laying fish, and the eggs are laid on the surface of the reef, where they stick until they hatch. The eggs are guarded by the fish until they hatch to prevent the predators from consuming them. Redlipped Blenny’s can be found through out the tropical waters of Americas, but their abundance varies by location. They prefer shallow rocky in shore areas, although I've seen them on fairly deep coral reefs. Their reported depth range is one to thirty five feet, but I've personally seen them in tarps and cacaos at forty five feet or more. That's the Red lipped Blenny.


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