Blenny Haiku

April 17th is  National Haiku Poetry Day and to celebrate, we offer Blenny Haiku. Please, no judging or heckling –  just having a little fun here – but feel free to contribute your own by commenting at the end of this post.

Bluestriped fangblenny, Plagiotremus rhinorhynchos

Sneaky fangblenny

In cleaning stations you lurk

No do-gooder, you

Spinyhead Blenny, Acanthemblemaria spinosa

Spinyhead Blenny

Often misidentified

As Secretary

Hairtail Blenny Xiphasia setifer

Hairtail, Eel, or Snake?

Xiphasia setifer

Latin name trumps all

Filament Blenny, Emblemaria hyltoni

Filament Blenny

Reside in holes on deep walls

More common than thought

Longhorn Blenny Ned DeLoach

The Longhorn Blenny

Found in shallow, surgy zones

but worth the bruises.

Redlip Blenny, Ophioblennius atlanticus

Redlip Blenny proud

Poised on shallow coral head

Like king of the reef