Neoclinus blanchardi is a small, deep-water fish that can reach up to 8 cm in length. It has a long, slender body with a large head and a pointed snout. Its distinguishing features include a large eye, a long dorsal fin, and a forked tail. It is found in the eastern Pacific Ocean, from Alaska to Mexico, and lives in depths of up to 500 m. Its lifespan is up to 4 years, and its current population is stable.
Name Origin: Neoclinus blanchardi is a species of fish commonly known as the Pacific sanddab. It was first described by the American ichthyologist David Starr Jordan in 1880. The genus name Neoclinus is derived from the Greek words neo, meaning "new," and klinos, meaning "inclined," in reference to the species' sloping head profile. The species name blanchardi honors the French zoologist Charles Frédéric Blanchard (1819–1890).
Related Species: Neoclinus stephensae, Neoclinus uninotatus, Neoclinus fasciatus