Tag Archive: Fringhead

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
Order: Perciformes (Perch-likes)
Family: Chaenopsidae (Pike-, tube- and flagblennies)

Genus/Species Neoclinus uninotatus

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: The color is usually light to dark brown with black specks and mottling. The jaw is large extending beyond the eye. There is one large ocellus (eye spot) between dorsal fin spines. A few carrier above the eye and one larger (longer than the eye diameter).

DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: N. uninotatus is found along the California coast from Bodega Bay to the Baja California. It is usually found in rock crevices as well as inside objects, including bottles, cans, and tires which it guards fiercely.
Depth 3-27 m (10-90 ft)
Length up to 25 cm (10 in)

DIET IN THE WILD: Benthic crustaceans

REPRODUCTION: Both sexes guard the eggs with the male circulating water over them.


REMARKS: The Sarcastic Fringhead is similar but has two ocelli on the dorsal fin.


California Academy of Sciences Steinhart Aquarium Waterplanet 2017

Ron’s flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/cas_docents/32131392083/in/album-72157675574079744/

Pacific Coast Fishes of North America: Eschmeyer and Hearld, The Eaton Press,1983

fishbase www.fishbase.org/summary/Neoclinus-uninotatus.html

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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Chaenopsidae

Genus/species: Neoclinus blanchardi

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Generally brownish-gray and typically mottled with either red or green patches with extremely large mouths. The dorsal spines possess two ocelli, one between the first and second spines, and the other between the fifth and ninth spines which are generally blue and outlined by a yellow ring. Largest of all fringeheads can growing up to 30.0 cm (11.8 inches) in length.


DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: Pacific Coast from San Francisco, California to central Baja California, Mexico.   Demersal, ( live and feed on or near the bottom of seas or lakes) marine environment. They occupy empty shells, abandoned holes and crevices In some areas they even take up residence in old cans and bottles. In fact, in the beer bottle field of Santa Monica Bay, nearly every bottle is a home to a fringehead. 

DIET IN THE WILD: omnivores. 

 Sarcastic FringheadLong

REPRODUCTION:he The female lays her eggs routinely in an abandoned burrow and the male to guards the nest.

CONSERVATION: IUCN Red List; No special status.

REMARKS: N. blanchardi are fiercely territorial at rest in their homes with only their heads protruding. However, upon the first sign of danger, they will employ their enormous mouths and needle like teeth for defense. Initially, they emit only a warning accomplished by the flexing and snapping of their jaws.

LOCATION: Sand dollar exhibit


Animal Diversity Web animaldiversity.org/accounts/Neoclinus_blanchardi/

Eschmeyer, W., O. Herald, H. Hammann, J. Gnagy. 1983. A Field Guide to Pacific Coast Fishes of North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

fishbase www.fishbase.org/summary/Neoclinus-blanchardi.html

Ron’s flickr  https://www.flickr.com/photos/cas_docents/16123153465/in/set-72157608359804936/

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