Ekemblemaria myersi

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Ekemblemaria myersi
Ekemblemaria myersi, Machalilla, Ecuador, Photo: Graham Edgar


Tropical Eastern Pacific


Multiple dark lines on lips, distinct branched cirri on head behind eyes, large light edged, dark spot on cheek and a series of vertical brown bars along body. Inhabits empty mollusc and worm holes in the reef, at the reef-sand interface. Usually seen with just the head protruding.


Max Size: 7 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 23.3-26.9°C

Depth: 1-5m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Widespread (100% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields