Dutch Caribbean Species Register

Overview of the biodiversity of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten

Secretary Blenny Acanthemblemaria maria

Classification

Acanthemblemaria [genus] (4)
maria [species]

Classification

Acanthemblemaria [genus] (4)
maria [species]

Presence

Recorded on
  • Bonaire
  • Sint Eustatius
  • Presence status
  • Indigenous (1) - Bonaire
  • Indigenous (1) - Sint Eustatius
  • Notes on presence status B. Victor (pers. comm) indicates that this species is not present on Bonaire. For many years, Acanthemblemaria spinosa was commonly called 'secretary blenny', technically the true common name for A. maria. As a result, the two IDs were widely confused. Review of hundreds of photos from Bonaire show only A. spinosa there, and no true A. maria.

    Publications

    • Pers. comm. Benjamin Victor.
    • Davies, M, Piontek, S. 2017. The marine fishes of St. Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean. Marine Biodiversity 47: 27-35. [link]
    • Pattengill-Semmens, C.V. 2010. The reef fish assemblage of Bonaire Marine Park: an analysis of REEF Fish Survey Data. Proceedings 53rd Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute 53: 591-605.
    • Savage, C. 2008. Good fences make good neighbors: Habitat partitioning by spinyhead (Acanthemblemaria spinosa) and secretary (Acanthemblemaria maria) blennies. Physis 4: 30-34.