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Family Blenniidae

Fishbase lists 420 species in 53 genera in this family which makes it one of the more speciose. The biggest species is around 50 cm but most are smaller than 15 cm. They are typically bottom-dwelling and most species lack a swim bladder. Basically blennies come in two varieties - those with comb teeth which are usually algae (and occasionally small invertebrate feeders) and those which are "saber-toothed" in addition to the "normal" comb-teeth. The saber-toothed species include several that mimic cleaner wrasse and take bites out of unwitting vicitms that have presented themselves to be cleaned. On several occasions I have seen a disgruntled fish chase the blenny after being bitten. Apparently the saber-toothed blennies don't use their saber teeth for nibbling - they are reserved for defense and in the Meiacanthus genus are venomous.

In the tropics, blennies are very effective inhabitants of rock pools where they may sometimes reach astonishing densities. These "rockskppers" - so named because of their ability to jump from pool to pool are regularly exposed to the air and during extreme low tides hundreds may be clustered together in the same crack.

 

Aspidontus dussumieri Lance blenny

Aspidontus dussuieri Lance blenny, Kri Eco, Raja Ampat

FISH 7792 Aspidontus dussumieri Lance blenny, Kri Eco, Raja Ampat.

Atrosalarias fuscus Brown coral blenny

Atrosalarias fuscus Brown coral blenny Kri Eco Raja Ampat .

FISH 8939 Atrosalarias fuscus Brown coral blenny Kri Eco Raja Ampat.

Camouflage blenny (Rockskipper)

Camouflaged rockskipper blenny, Dravuni, Fiji

Crossosalarias macrospilus Triplespot blenny

triplespot blenny

FISH 2970 Crossosalarias macrospilus Triplespot blenny, Raja Ampat, West Papua

Crossosalarias macrospilus Triplespot blenny, Kri Eco, Raja Ampat

FISH 7617 Crossosalarias macrospilus Triplespot blenny, Kri Eco, Raja Ampat

Crossosalarias macrospilus Triplespot blenny, Kri Eco, Raja Ampat

FISH 7626 Crossosalarias macrospilus Triplespot blenny, Kri Eco, Raja Ampat.

Ecsenius bathi Bath's blenny

Bath's blenny

FISH 0878 Ecsenius bathi Bath's blenny, orange-striped variation, Raja Ampat, West Papua

Bath's blenny

FISH 2817 Ecsenius bathi Bath's blenny, normal color, Raja Ampat, West Papua

Ecsenius? Blenny

Ecsenius? blenny, Fiji.

Ecsenius bicolor Bicolor blenny

Ecsenius bicolor Bicolor blenny Kri Eco Raja Ampat

FISH 9210 Ecsenius bicolor Bicolor blenny (ID tentative) Kri Eco Raja Ampat.

Ecsenius lividanalis Blackspot blenny

Blackspot blenny

FISH 1165 Ecsenius lividanalis Blackspot blenny, Raja Ampat, West Papua.

Blackspot blenny head on

FISH 3542 Ecsenius lividanalis Blackspot blenny, Raja Ampat, West Papua.

Ecsenius lividanalis Blackspot blenny Raja Ampat

FISH 9993 Ecsenius lividanalis Blackspot blenny Raja Ampat.

Ecsenius midas Midas blenny

Ecsenius midas, Midas blenny, Fiji. These may be mimics of Anthias squammipinnis

Ecsenius stigmatura Tailspot blenny

tailspot blenny

FISH 1426 Ecsenius stigmatura Tailspot blenny, Raja Ampat, West Papua.

tailspot blenny

FISH 3180 Ecsenius stigmatura Tailspot blenny, Raja Ampat, West Papua.

tailspot blenny

FISH 2535 Ecsenius stigmatura Tailspot blenny, Raja Ampat, West Papua (photo by Mike Agnew copyright Ryan Photographic)

Escenius stigmatura Tailspot blenny, Kri Eco, Raja Ampat

FISH 7738 Ecsenius stigmatura Tailspot blenny, Kri Eco, Raja Ampat.

Ecsenius yaeyamaensis Yaeyama blenny

Yaeyama blenny

FISH 3067 Ecsenius yaeyamaensis Yaeyama blenny, Raja Ampat, West Papua.

Meiacanthus grammistes Striped fangblenny

striped fangblenny

FISH 2221 Meiacanthus grammistes Striped fangblenny, Raja Ampat, West Papua

striped fangblenny

FISH 2225 Meiacanthus grammistes Striped fangblenny, Raja Ampat, West Papua.

Ophioblennius steindachneri, Panamic fanged blenny

Panamic fanged blenny

FISH 6090 Ophioblennius steindachneri, Panamic fanged blenny, Sea of Cortez, Baja California Sur.

Parablennius laticlavius Crested blenny

crested blenny Poor KNights New Zealand

FISH 9197 Parablennius laticlavius Crested blenny, Poor Knights, New Zealand

Petroscirtes breviceps Shorthead fangblenny

Netroscirtes breviceps, Shorthead fangblenny, Lembeh Straits

FISH 6868 Petroscirtes breviceps, Shorthead fangblenny, Lembeh Straits.

Petroscirtes breviceps, Shorthead fangblenny, Lembeh Straits

FISH 6870 Petroscirtes breviceps, Shorthead fangblenny, Lembeh Straits

Plagiotremus azaleus Sabertooth blenny

Saber tooth blenny

FISH 5243 Plagiotremus azaleus Sabertooth blenny, Sea of Cortez, Baja California Sur.

Plagiotremus laudandus Fijian fangblenny

Plagiotremus landandus, Fijian fangblenny, Fijian and Tongan color variant of bicolor fangblenny .

Plagiotremus rhinorhynchos Bluestriped fangblenny

blustriped fangblenny

FISH 2327 Plagiotremus rhinorhynchos Bluestriped fangblenny, Raja Ampat, West Papua

blustriped fangblenny

FISH 2777 Plagiotremus rhinorhynchos Bluestriped fangblenny, color variant, Raja Ampat, West Papua.

Salarias patzneri Patzner's blenny

Patzner's blenny

FISH 4287 Salarias patzneri Patzner's blenny, Raja Ampat, West Papua.

Xenomedea rhodopyga Redrump blenny

redrump blenny

FISH 6238 Xenomedea rhodopyga, Redrump blenny, Sea of Cortez

 

 

 

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