Teleostei (teleosts) > Blenniiformes
(Blennies) > Clinidae
Etymology: elegans: Gibbonsia in honor of Dr. William P. Gibbons, one of the early naturalists at the California Academy of Sciences; elegans meaning elegant (Ref. 4930).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range ? - 56 m (Ref. 96339), usually ? - 20 m (Ref. 101760). Subtropical; 36°N - 22°N, 121°W - 110°W
Eastern Pacific: Piedras Blancas Point in central California, USA to southern Baja California, Mexico, including Guadalupe Island.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 16.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2850)
Found from subtidal rocky areas to 56 m depth, usually in seaweed. Female lays white eggs in seaweed, male guards egg mass (Ref. 2850).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous (Ref. 101760). Eggs are attached in algal nest and brooded by male parent (Ref. 101760).
Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H. Hammann, 1983. A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. Boston (MA, USA): Houghton Mifflin Company. xii+336 p. (Ref. 2850)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 13.2 - 21.6, mean 17.7 °C (based on 12 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00661 (0.00337 - 0.01294), b=3.09 (2.91 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.51 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).