Reef Frontiers en-us http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:24:05 -0600 PhotoPost Pro 7.0 60 Lawnmower Blennie http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=886&title=lawnmower-blennie&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=886&amp;title=lawnmower-blennie&amp;cat=506"><img title="Lawnmower-blennie.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/Lawnmower-blennie.jpg" alt="Lawnmower-blennie.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Casperson Casperson Sun, 29 Jan 2006 17:23:40 -0600 Lawnmower Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=810&title=lawnmower-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=810&amp;title=lawnmower-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="217Lawnmower_Blenny.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/217Lawnmower_Blenny.jpg" alt="217Lawnmower_Blenny.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: BlennyBabe<br /><br />Description: One of two from my 300 gallon tank. They dont get along very well, but its so big they hardly run into each other. If they do, they chase the other out of their territory. <br /><br />1 comment BlennyBabe Sat, 22 Jan 2005 17:38:53 -0600 Leopard Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=777&title=leopard-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=777&amp;title=leopard-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="450Leopard-Blenny.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/450Leopard-Blenny.jpg" alt="450Leopard-Blenny.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: NaH2O<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Exallias brevis Common Names: Leopard Blenny, Honeycomb Blenny Max. size: 14.5 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 3 - 20 m Climate: tropical Distribution: Indo-Pacific = Red Sea south to Sodwana Bay, South Africa and east to the Hawaiian, Marquesan, and Society islands, north to the Ryukyu and Bonin islands, south to New Caledonia and Rapa; throughout Micronesia. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-13; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 14-15. Numerous papillae on the upper lip, smaller and more closely spaced spots. Nuchal cirri: 30 - 36. Biology: Occurs on clear coastal reefs, often in bays and semi-exposed habitats. Found on the seaward edge of reefs, among corals like Acropora, Pocillopora, Seriatopora, Porites, and Millepora where they feed on coral tissues. Males prepare nesting sites by overgrazing a patch of coral. Oviparous. Aquarium Care: This species does not normally eat in captivity unless supplied a diet in SPS corals. The Leopard Blenny will normally be found hiding in crevices or among coral branches. May be aggressive towards members of its own and similar species. NaH2O Mon, 03 Jan 2005 22:22:54 -0600 Black and Yellow Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=776&title=black-and-yellow-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=776&amp;title=black-and-yellow-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="450Black_Yellow-Blenny.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/450Black_Yellow-Blenny.jpg" alt="450Black_Yellow-Blenny.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: NaH2O<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Ecsenius lividanalis Max. size: 5.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine Climate: tropical Distribution: Western Pacific = Philippines, Indonesia, Northern Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands. Morphology: Two forms = the true species has a yellow body, blue head and yellow iris; the dusky form (rarely all yellow), with pale blue-white iris, yellow back and tail. Both forms share a black anal spot and have similar meristics. Biology: In Papua New Guinea, various individuals were seen swimming around large coral heads on reef slopes and would not rest on the corals like those seen in Indonesia. Its seems that the Indonesian and Philippines form represents a new species. Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of live rock for hiding and perching. The Black and Yellow Blenny is generally peaceful, but may be territorial to fish of the same or similar species. May nip Tridacnid clams and stony corals. Keep one per tank. NaH2O Mon, 03 Jan 2005 21:43:22 -0600 Lawnmower Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=775&title=lawnmower-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=775&amp;title=lawnmower-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="450Lawnmower-blenny.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/450Lawnmower-blenny.jpg" alt="450Lawnmower-blenny.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: NaH2O<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Salarias fasciatus Common Names: Lawnmower Blenny, Jeweled Rockskipper, Jeweled Blenny, Rock Blenny, Sailfin/Algae Blenny Max. size: 14.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 8 m Climate: tropical Distribution: Indo-Pacific = Red Sea and East Africa to Samoa, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to the Great Barrier Reef and New Caledonia. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 18-20; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 19-21. Numerous pale spots, dark streaks anteriorly, and several dusky bands. Biology: Inhabit reef flats as well as shallow lagoon and seaward reefs. Also found in estuarine areas with algae-rich rubble patches on reef flats and slopes. Intertidal to a few meters depth. Usually found in areas of mixed coral, sand, and rubble. Feed by scraping off algae. Oviparous. Aquarium Care: Provide a tank with crops of microalgae. This species may starve in systems that are not well established, or do not have enough algae to sustain the fish. Helps to control filamentous and film algae. Larger specimens can attack tankmates, including other blenny species (especially in smaller tanks). May nip at Tridacnid clams and stony corals. Keep one per tank. NaH2O Mon, 03 Jan 2005 21:35:44 -0600 Bluestriped Fang Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=774&title=bluestriped-fang-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=774&amp;title=bluestriped-fang-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="450Bluestriped-Fang-Blenny.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/450Bluestriped-Fang-Blenny.jpg" alt="450Bluestriped-Fang-Blenny.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: NaH2O<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Plagiotremus rhinorhynchus Max. size: 12.0 cm SL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 40 m Climate: tropical Distribution: Indo-Pacific = Red Sea south to Knysna, South Africa and east to the Line, Marquesan and Society islands, north to southern Japan, south to Lord Howe Island. Throughout Micronesia. Not recorded from Hawaii. Replaced by Plagiotremus ewaensis in the Hawaiian Islands. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 10-12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 31-37; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 29-33. Adults variable in color, ranging from black to yellow; 2 blue stripes on body. Biology: Inhabit clear, coral-rich areas of lagoon and seaward reefs. Hide in deserted worm tubes or other small holes when alarmed. Feed on the skin, mucus and sometimes scales of other fishes by quick attacks. Juveniles mimic the cleaner wrasse Labroides dimidiatus. Oviparous. Aquarium Care: This species is one of the &quot;sabretooth blennies&quot;, and will bite fellow tankmates unless they have toxic body slime. Better suited to a species tank, or with fish such as Puffers. This fish is harmless towards invertebrates. Keep one per tank. NaH2O Mon, 03 Jan 2005 21:26:48 -0600 Redlip Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=773&title=redlip-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=773&amp;title=redlip-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="450Redlip-Blenny.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/450Redlip-Blenny.jpg" alt="450Redlip-Blenny.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: NaH2O<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Ophioblennius atlanticus Max. size: 19.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 8 m Climate: tropical Distribution: Eastern Atlantic = Azores and Madeira; Canary, Ascension, St. Helena, Cape Verde, San Tomé and Annobon Islands; St Paul's Rocks; and along the coast of west Africa from Senegal to Angola. Western Atlantic = Trindade Island (Brazil). Bermuda, North Carolina to Florida (USA), Bahamas, Caribbean, including Antilles to Brazil. Rare in northern Gulf of Mexico. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 21-23; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 24. Head profile in front of eyes vertical; forehead projects in front of snout. Head, body and anal fin dark reddish brown, sometimes pale pinkish gray; lips and parts of pectoral and tail fins red. Biology: Ophioblennius larvae are frequently taken in deep water column. The adults are restricted to shallow waters and dwell among rocks and coral reefs; where there is considerable wave action. Bites very severely, with its two very long and sharp canine teeth. Feeds on filamentous algae. Aquarium Care: The Redlip Blenny should be kept in an established system with a constant supply of microalgae growth. Spends its time hopping from spot to spot, picking at algae. May nip at stony corals and Tridacnid clam mantles. May be aggressive toward fish of the same or similar species. Keep one per tank. NaH2O Mon, 03 Jan 2005 21:17:55 -0600 Highfin Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=772&title=highfin-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=772&amp;title=highfin-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="450A_fuscusfuscus.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/450A_fuscusfuscus.jpg" alt="450A_fuscusfuscus.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: NaH2O<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Atrosalarias fuscus fuscus (Juvenile shown in photo above) Common Names: Highfin Blenny, Black Sailfin Blenny, Dusky Blenny, Brown Coral Blenny, Black Blenny, Brown Combtooth Blenny Max. size: 10.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine Climate: tropical Distribution: Western Indian Ocean = Red Sea to Pakistan. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 18-20; Anal soft rays: 18-20; Vertebrae: 33-35. Several geographical variations. Adults almost black and some populations have a reddish tail. Juveniles often bright yellow (shown in photo). Biology: Inhabits sheltered, shallow reefs, hiding among live or dead coral branches. From estuaries to outer reef lagoons. Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of liverock and microalgae growth. This species does best in a well established aquarium with a constant supply of microalgae. The Highfin blenny spends its time hopping from spot to spot, perching, and rasping off algae growth. Keep only one per tank. May nip and eat SPS. (Juvenile shown in photo) NaH2O Mon, 03 Jan 2005 21:09:23 -0600 Bicolor Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=771&title=bicolor-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=771&amp;title=bicolor-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="450Ecsenius-bicolor_RP_.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/450Ecsenius-bicolor_RP_.jpg" alt="450Ecsenius-bicolor_RP_.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: NaH2O<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Ecsenius bicolor Max. size: 11.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 25 m Climate: tropical Distribution: Indo-Pacific = Maldives to the Phoenix Islands, north to Ryukyu Islands, south to the southern Great Barrier Reef; throughout Micronesia. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 11-12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15-18; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 17-21. Occurs in three color phases: one black anteriorly and yellow posteriorly (bicolor phase), the others black dorsally with a broad white lateral band and dusky belly with or without a yellow tail. Biology: Inhabit clear lagoon and seaward reefs with mixed corals and algae-covered rocks. Oviparous. Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of perching and hiding places, and also microalgae growth. May nip at stony corals and clam mantles. May act aggressively towards the same or similar species. May pick on gobies and firefish. Keep one per tank. Photo Courtesy of ©Robert A. Patzner NaH2O Mon, 03 Jan 2005 13:20:27 -0600 Redspotted Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=562&title=redspotted-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=562&amp;title=redspotted-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="450redspottedblenny_CF_.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/450redspottedblenny_CF_.jpg" alt="450redspottedblenny_CF_.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: NaH2O<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Blenniella chrysospilos Common Names: Redspotted Blenny, Red-spotted Rockskipper, Orangespotted Blenny Max. size: 13.0 cm SL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range - 6 m Climate: tropical Distribution: Indo-West Pacific = east coast of Africa to the Society Islands, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to about 24°S. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 20-21; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 21-22. Distinctive coloration of the head. Biology: Inhabits clear coastal reef flats, often in exposed habitats, common in outer intertidal reef flats and surge-swept seaward reef; usually where algal growth is prolific. Enter small holes, with just its head protruding. Feed on algae and associated detritus and small invertebrates. Oviparous. Aquarium Care: Provide live rock and a supply of microalgae growth. The Redspotted Blenny will hop from one spot to another, or hiding in the rockwork. All individuals vary, and occasionally there will be one that nips at stony corals and/or clam mantles. One per tank. Photo Courtesy of Charles Fiterman NaH2O Thu, 30 Dec 2004 21:45:35 -0600 Red-Speckled Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=134&title=red-speckled-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=134&amp;title=red-speckled-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41Civar_u2.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41Civar_u2.jpg" alt="41Civar_u2.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Cirripectes variolosus Max. size: 10.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 31 m Climate: tropical Distribution: Pacific Ocean = Palau to Johnston Islands, Marquesas and Pitcairn Islands, north to the Bonin Islands, south to Rapa; throughout Micronesia. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 11-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-15; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 14-16; Vertebrae: 29-31. Adults with brown body; red spots or narrow lines on snout and around the eye; iris silvery. No scales. Cirri, supraorbital 4-14, nasal 4-19; nuchal 27-38, in 4 groups, bases of ventralmost groups slightly expanded. Dorsal fin deeply incised above last spine. Biology: Inhabits exposed seaward reefs where it usually shelters at bases or among the branches of Pocilloporid corals Aquarium Care: Provide liverock, a lot of hiding places, and plenty of microagae growth. It has a peaceful temperament but can nip on SPS, LPS, and clam mantles. Similar personality as [i]Ecsenius[/i] spp., but more cryptic. An herbivore, and should be fed foods such as Spirulina, marine algae and frozen herbivore prepared foods. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:23:36 -0600 Red-Streaked Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=135&title=red-streaked-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=135&amp;title=red-streaked-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41Red-streaked_blenny.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41Red-streaked_blenny.jpg" alt="41Red-streaked_blenny.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Cirripectes stigmaticus Max. size: 13.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 20 m Climate: tropical Distribution: Indo-Pacific = Mozambique to Kenya, throughout the Indian Ocean and western Central Pacific to the Marshall and Samoa Islands. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 11-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-16; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 15-17; Vertebrae: 30-32. Head and body reticulated; iris with yellow-ringed pupil. No scales. Cirri, supraorbital 7-22, nasal 8-29; nuchal 34-47, in 4 groups, ventralmost group borne on slightly expanded nuchal flap on each side. Dorsal fin deeply incised above last spine. Cephalic pore system simple; no pores at extra interorbital position; a pore present behind nuchal flap on each side. Large individuals are dark green to black with red spots on the head and red spots to vertical streaks on the sides. Biology: Found in coastal reef flats with rich coral and algae habitats, usually in very shallow depths of a few meters; also on rocky and coralline structures; among Acropora and Pocillopora corals of surf-swept algal ridge. Aquarium Care: Provide liverock, a lot of hiding places, and plenty of microagae growth. It has a peaceful temperament but can nip SPS, LPS, and clam mantles. Similar personality as [i]Ecsenius spp.[/i], but more cryptic. An herbivore, and should be fed foods such as Spirulina, marine algae and frozen herbivore prepared foods. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:23:36 -0600 Reef Margin Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=136&title=reef-margin-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=136&amp;title=reef-margin-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41Reef_margin_blenny.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41Reef_margin_blenny.jpg" alt="41Reef_margin_blenny.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Entomacrodus striatus Common Names: Reef Margin Blenny, Pearly Rockskipper Max. size: 11.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine Climate: tropical Distribution: Indo-Pacific = East Africa to the Line and Ducie Islands, north to the Ryukyu, Bonin, and Marcus Islands (reported farther north to Wakayama Prefecture in Japan), south to Lord Howe and Rapa Islands; throughout Micronesia. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12-14; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-16; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 15-18. Small dark spots on body; upper lip uniformly dusky or with scattered spots; pale area behind eye followed by an irregular dark mark. Biology: Inhabit the intertidal zone of lagoons and wave-swept seaward reefs. At low tide they may be found in small pockets of water left in pitted limestone. Oviparous. Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of live rock for hiding, and microalgae. May nip at stony corals and clam mantles. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:23:36 -0600 Midas Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=131&title=midas-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=131&amp;title=midas-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41Ecmid_u5.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41Ecmid_u5.jpg" alt="41Ecmid_u5.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Ecsenius midas Common Names: Midas Blenny, Persian Blenny Max. size: 13.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 2 - 40 m Distribution: Indo-Pacific = Gulf of Aqaba and southeast coast of Africa to the Marquesan Islands. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 13-14; Dorsal soft rays (total): 19-21; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 20-23. Golden orange in color; black spot around anus; anterior part of dorsal fin with narrow dark margin. Indonesian form grey or greenish to golden-yellow. Tail long in adults. Biology: Inhabits coral reefs, from clear coastal to outer reef walls, usually where currents are moderate. During its orange-yellow phase, it is observed to school with Pseudanthias squamipinnis which it resembles in color. Individuals of Ecsenius midas can change color quickly from when on the bottom to swimming in open water to match the colors of the fishes it mixes with. Reported to feed on zooplankton. Also a planktivore. Aquarium Care: Live rock providing small holes. Spends time swimming about or tucked away. Sometimes will pick on small planktivores, which is more apt to happen in a smaller setting. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:23:35 -0600 Red Sea Mimic Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=133&title=red-sea-mimic-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=133&amp;title=red-sea-mimic-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41redsea_mimic_bleny.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41redsea_mimic_bleny.jpg" alt="41redsea_mimic_bleny.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Ecsenius gravieri Max. size: 8.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine Climate: tropical Distribution: Western Indian Ocean = Red Sea (including the Gulf of Aqaba) to the westernmost Gulf of Aden. Biology: Mimics [i]Meiacanthus nigrolineatus[/i] (which has venomous fangs) Aquarium Care: Sometimes individuals may nip at LPS and clam mantles, and eat SPS. This species is harmless, as opposed to the venomous species it mimics. In established tanks containing microalgae, this fish is easy to keep. Normally ignored by tankmates, the Red Sea Mimic Blenny spends time perched, hiding in holes, or picking at substrate. Keep one per tank (unless male-female pair), as they may act aggressively to the same or similar species. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:23:35 -0600 Orangedotted Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=130&title=orangedotted-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=130&amp;title=orangedotted-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41orange_dotted_blenny.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41orange_dotted_blenny.jpg" alt="41orange_dotted_blenny.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Antennablennius variopunctatus Max. size: 7.5 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: demersal; marine; depth range 0 - 7 m Climate: tropical Distribution: Western Indian Ocean = Mozambique to Pakistan, including the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf. Reported as likely at Seychelles but Randall and van Egmond 1994 believe otherwise. Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of live rock. May nip at clam mantles and stony corals. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:21:45 -0600 Linear Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=127&title=linear-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=127&amp;title=linear-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41linear_blenny1.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41linear_blenny1.jpg" alt="41linear_blenny1.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Ecsenius lineatus Common Names: Linear Blenny, Lined Combtooth Blenny Max. size: 9.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 28 m Climate: tropical Distribution: Indo-West Pacific = Mauritius and Maldives to northwest Australia, Philippines and Japan. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 17-18; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 19-20. Anterior nostril with a long cirrus on posterior margin only. A longitudinal dark stripe on body often interrupted in larger specimens. In some populations, the black lateral stripe is sometimes present as a series of blotches (not observed in Indonesia). Biology: Inhabits shallow clear coastal to outer reef crests with rich coral growth to about 15 m depth. Occur in coral reefs. Often collected at depths less than 1 m in the northernmost parts of its range, but may occur more deeply (to 28 m) further south, and rarely more shallow than 5 m. Oviparous. Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of live rock for hiding places and microalgae. This species is normally observed resting on live rock. It will swim away and/or seek shelter in or crevices if threatened. One per tank. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:21:44 -0600 Lined Fang Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=128&title=lined-fang-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=128&amp;title=lined-fang-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41Lined_fangblenny1.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41Lined_fangblenny1.jpg" alt="41Lined_fangblenny1.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Meiacanthus lineatus Max. size: 9.5 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine Climate: subtropical Distribution: Western Pacific = known only from the Great Barrier Reef. Biology: Mimicked by Petroscirtes fallax and by the young Scolopsis bilineatus. Poisonous canines provide considerable protection from predators Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of live rock. This species has the ability to bite the inside of a predator's mouth with its venomous fangs when ingested. The predator will then spit the small fish out of its mouth with no harm done to the blenny. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:21:44 -0600 Mozambique Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=129&title=mozambique-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=129&amp;title=mozambique-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41Mozambique_fangblenny.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41Mozambique_fangblenny.jpg" alt="41Mozambique_fangblenny.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Meiacanthus mossambicus Max. size: 10.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine Climate: tropical Distribution: Western Indian Ocean = East Africa, Comoro Islands and Madagascar. Reported as likely at Seychelles but Randall and van Egmond 1994 believe otherwise. Biology: Inhabits coral reefs in areas with poor to moderate coral growth; often over coral rubble. Aquarium Care: Provide ample live rock, as this species will graze on the numerous crustaceans found inside. Mozambique Blennies are passive fish rarely bothering other tankmates, and rarely being bothered due to the venomous fangs. They will bite the inside of a predator's mouth when ingested. The predator will then spit the small fish out of its mouth with no harm done to the blenny. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:21:44 -0600 Squiggly Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=124&title=squiggly-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=124&amp;title=squiggly-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41Ciqua_u5.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41Ciqua_u5.jpg" alt="41Ciqua_u5.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Cirripectes quagga Max. size: 10.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 19 m Climate: tropical Distribution: Indo-Pacific = South Africa to Tanzania, east to Henderson Island, Pitcairn and the Hawaiian Islands; north to China; south to the Great Barrier Reef. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 11-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-16; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 15-17; Vertebrae: 30-32. Geographic variation in color pattern exists; variable body pigmentation - some uniformly brown, other forms with bars or spots, or have colored peduncles, usually yellow or scarlet; black iris with yellow, irregular-shaped inner ring. No scales. Cirri, supraorbital 2-15, nasal 6-16; nuchal 23-36, in 2 groups separated at midpoint of nape, no nuchal flap. Dorsal fin deeply incised above last spine. Lower lip crenulate medially. Scale-like flaps along anterior part of lateral line absent. Last pleural ribs on vertebral centrum 12. Biology: Found in algal ridge and crests between surge channels of exposed seaward reefs. Usually taken in water less than 10 m deep, but has been collected at depths as great as 19 m in the Marquesas Islands. Aquarium Care: Provide liverock, a lot of hiding places, and plenty of microagae growth. It has a peaceful temperament but can nip on SPS, LPS, and clam mantles. Similar personality as Ecsenius spp., but more cryptic. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:21:43 -0600 Striped Fang Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=125&title=striped-fang-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=125&amp;title=striped-fang-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41Striped_Fang_Blenny.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41Striped_Fang_Blenny.jpg" alt="41Striped_Fang_Blenny.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Meiacanthus grammistes Common Name: Striped Fang Blenny, Striped Blenny, Striped Poison-Fang Blenny, Grammistes Blenny Max. size: 11.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine Climate: tropical Distribution: Western Pacific = Indochina to Papua New Guinea, north to Ryukyu Islands, south to northwestern Australia and the Great Barrier Reef; Palau and Yap in Micronesia. Replaced by Meiacanthus kamoharai in southern Japan. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 4; Dorsal soft rays (total): 25-28; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 14-16. Identified by the lined pattern on the body that ends in spots on the tail-fin base. Biology: A solitary species found in sheltered lagoon and seaward reefs. Occasionally several together in close vicinity to each other. Oviparous. Several geographical variations and is mimicked by another blenny Petroscirtes breviceps. Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of live rock for hiding and hunting small crustaceans. It is not usually aggressive unless the tank mates appear to have a similar shape as it does. Its venomous fangs are a defense mechanism. The Striped Fang Blenny will mainly swim within the middle of the tank, and hide inside of the cliffs and overhangs of the rock structure. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:21:43 -0600 Vermiculated Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=126&title=vermiculated-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=126&amp;title=vermiculated-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41Vermiculated_blenny.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41Vermiculated_blenny.jpg" alt="41Vermiculated_blenny.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Entomacrodus vermiculatus Max. size: 18.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: demersal; marine; depth range 0 - 3 m Climate: tropical Distribution: Western Indian Ocean: Seychelles and Maldives. Eastern Indian Ocean: Christmas Island. Biology: Intertidal, actively shuttling back and forth between rock pools and air. Breathes air when out of water. Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of live rock for hiding, and microalgae. May nip at stony corals and clam mantles. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:21:43 -0600 Tessellated Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=121&title=tessellated-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=121&amp;title=tessellated-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41Tessellated_blenny.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41Tessellated_blenny.jpg" alt="41Tessellated_blenny.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Hypsoblennius invemar Max. size: 5.8 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: demersal; marine ; depth range - 3 m Climate: tropical Distribution: Western Atlantic = Louisiana in USA, Gulf of Mexico, and Lesser Antilles to Venezuela. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 14. Head and usually pectoral fin base have orange spots on dark background. Black spot on side of head behind eye. Biology: Lives in attached, empty barnacle shells in clear waters, usually on pilings, buoys and rock ledges at or near surface. Aquarium Care: Provide the Tessellated Blenny with plenty of hiding places. Not common in the hobby, however, there is greater interest due to its beautiful coloration. Omnivore. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:21:42 -0600 Smooth Fin Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=122&title=smooth-fin-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=122&amp;title=smooth-fin-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41smoothfin_blenny.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41smoothfin_blenny.jpg" alt="41smoothfin_blenny.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Ecsenius frontalis Max. size: 8.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine Climate: tropical Distribution: Western Indian Ocean = known only from Red Sea, including gulfs of Aqaba and Suez, and the westernmost part of the Gulf of Aden. Biology: Found among corals. Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of live rock and microalgae growth. May nip on stony corals and clam mantles. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:21:42 -0600 Springers Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=123&title=springers-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=123&amp;title=springers-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41Springer_s_blenny.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41Springer_s_blenny.jpg" alt="41Springer_s_blenny.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Cirripectes springeri Max. size: 10.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 10 m Climate: tropical Distribution: Western Pacific = Philippines; Moluccas, Indonesia; Bismarck Archipelago and Ninigo Islands, Papua New Guinea; Solomon Islands. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-16; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 15-17; Vertebrae: 30-31. Head and body brown and spotted; red iris. No scales. Cirri, supraorbital 2-9, nasal 5-23; nuchal 27-38, in 4 groups, ventralmost borne on a small nuchal flap. Simple cephalic pore system, midsnout pores absent. Dorsal fin deeply incised above last spine. Biology: In shallow and protected inshore reefs with sparse coral and rich algae growth. Also found in coral reef crevices. Feeds on algae and detritus. Usually occurs in small loose groups but a shy species and is easily missed by divers that are not on the look-out for blennies. Collected from water shallower than 10 m to as great as 18 m in the Ninigo Islands. Aquarium Care: Provide liverock, a lot of hiding places, and microagae growth. This species is shy and may nip on SPS, LPS, and clam mantles. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:21:42 -0600 Gargantuan Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=118&title=gargantuan-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=118&amp;title=gargantuan-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41Ciobs_u2.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41Ciobs_u2.jpg" alt="41Ciobs_u2.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Cirripectes obscurus Max. size: 20.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 6 m Climate: tropical Distribution: Eastern Central Pacific = native to the Hawaiian Islands and Midway Islands. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 11-12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15-17; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 16-17; Vertebrae: 31-33. Head spotted; behind each eye are pupil-sized dark spots; iris yellowish in females, orange in males. No scales. Lateral line with small scale-like flaps on the anterior part; lateral line tubes 0-8, the last on caudal fin base. Cirri, supraorbital 10-26, nasal 14-42; nuchal 36-47, grouped into 2 that sometimes overlap at midpoint on nape, without nuchal flaps. Dorsal fin deeply incised above last spine. Lower lip crenulate mesially but plicate laterally. Biology: Occurs in the surge zone of rocky and coral reefs. Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of liverock. May nip on SPS, LPS, and clam mantles. Similar personality as Ecsenius spp., but more cryptic. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:16:47 -0600 Humped Head Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=119&title=humped-head-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=119&amp;title=humped-head-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41Blgib_u5.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41Blgib_u5.jpg" alt="41Blgib_u5.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Blenniella gibbifrons Max. size: 12.0 cm SL (male/unsexed); 9.0 cm SL (female) Environment: reef-associated; marine Climate: tropical Distribution: Indo-West Pacific = East Africa to the Hawaiian, Line and Ducie Islands, north to Marcus Island. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 18-20; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 20-21. Body with 6-7 irregular bands. Dark spot present distally on anterior part of dorsal fin; females with dark spots on vertical fins, males more evenly colored. Biology: Inhabits shallow shore line water of intertidal reef flats from 0.5 to 1.5 m depth where the substrate consists of a thin carpet of algal turf and sand. Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of live rock. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:16:47 -0600 Imitator Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=120&title=imitator-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=120&amp;title=imitator-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41Imitator_blenny.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41Imitator_blenny.jpg" alt="41Imitator_blenny.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Cirripectes imitator Max. size: 12.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 10 m Climate: tropical Distribution: Western Pacific = Shirahama, Japan and the Ogasawara Islands to Batan Islands, northern Philippines. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 11-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-15; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 14-16; Vertebrae: 30. Color pattern consisting of pale spots (usually in females) or irregular bars (in males) on a dark background; irregular pupil- sized spots on head; iris with yellow-ringed pupil. Cirri, nuchal 40-59, supraorbital 13-46, nasal 9-93; 4 groups of nuchal cirri, 2 groups on 1 side rarely connected by a low basal membrane, ventralmost group on each side borne on enlarged nuchal flap. Lateral line tubes 7-14. No scales. Dorsal fin deeply incised above last spine. Complex cephalic pore pattern. Biology: Inhabits shallow coral and rocky reefs. Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of liverock and microagae growth. May nip on SPS, LPS, and clam mantles. Similar personality as Ecsenius spp., but more cryptic. <br /><br />1 comment mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:16:47 -0600 False Cleaner Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=115&title=false-cleaner-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=115&amp;title=false-cleaner-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41flase_cleaner_bleny.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41flase_cleaner_bleny.jpg" alt="41flase_cleaner_bleny.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Aspidontus taeniatus taeniatus Max. size: 11.5 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 3 - 25 m Climate: tropical Distribution: Pacific Ocean = Cocos-Keeling Islands and Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean to the Line, Marquesan, and Tuamoto islands, north to southern Japan, south to New South Wales; throughout Micronesia. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 10-12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 26-28; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 25-28. Bears an amazing resemblance to the cleaner wrasse, Labroides dimidiatus. Distinguished from L. dimidiatus by the position of its mouth, which is terminal in the wrasse but under the snout in the blenny. Biology: Inhabit lagoons, subtidal reef flats and outer reef slopes (where it occurs to depths of over 20 m). Often in lives in pairs in empty worm tubes or narrow holes. Mimic the cleaner wrasse Labroides dimidiatus and nip fins, skin and scales of other fishes. It even copies the motion of the cleaner wrasse that may induce other fish to come close, but it targets their scales or mucus for a feed, biting and quickly retreating to the corals before the victim realizes that it was tricked; experienced fish recognize imposters and often give it a chase. Also feed on tubeworms and demersal fish eggs. Oviparous. Aquarium Care: Read Biology section above for behavior and food requirements. This species is rarely seen in the hobby. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:16:46 -0600 Yellowtail Fang Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=116&title=yellowtail-fang-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=116&amp;title=yellowtail-fang-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41forktail_blenny.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41forktail_blenny.jpg" alt="41forktail_blenny.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Meiacanthus atrodorsalis Common Names: Yellowtail Fang Blenny, Lyretail Fang Blenny, Forktail Blenny Max. size: 11.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 30 m Climate: tropical years Distribution: Western Pacific = Bali and the Philippines east to Samoa, north to Ryukyu Islands, south to Rowley Shoals, the southern Great Barrier Reef, and New Caledonia; throughout Micronesia. Replaced by the uniformly yellow species ovalauensis in Fiji, and by Meiacanthus tongaensis in Tonga. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 4; Dorsal soft rays (total): 25-28; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 15-18. Identified by the blue-edged diagonal black line from the eye and yellow dorsal fin or back. Adults have long filaments on the caudal fin tips; length without filaments. Biology: Inhabit lagoon and seaward reefs below the surge zone to 30 m depth. A common species, often seen along slopes and drop-offs, adults sometimes in small groups. Feed on zooplankton and also on small benthic invertebrates. Inoffensive, but immune from predation. Oviparous. Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of live rock where it hunts for food. This species has Venomous fangs that it will use if attacked. Normally the fish can e found swimming or hovering in the water column, and doesn't bother tankmates unless another blenny. They are sometimes bothered by other aggressive fish, and if the Forktail Fang Blenny makes it inside a predators mouth, then it will bite it and be spit out. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:16:46 -0600 Fringed Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=117&title=fringed-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=117&amp;title=fringed-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41Fringed_blenny.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41Fringed_blenny.jpg" alt="41Fringed_blenny.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Mimoblennius cirrosus Max. size: 5.4 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 3 - 25 m Climate: tropical Distribution: Western Indian Ocean = Red Sea to the Persian Gulf. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 17-19; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 20-22 Biology: Occurs in coral reefs. Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of live rock. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:16:46 -0600 Comical Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=114&title=comical-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=114&amp;title=comical-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41comical_blenny.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41comical_blenny.jpg" alt="41comical_blenny.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Ecsenius opsifrontalis Max. size: 5.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine Climate: tropical Distribution: Pacific Ocean = Micronesia, Gilbert Islands, Rotuma, Samoa. Recently recorded from Wallis Island. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-14; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 14-16 Biology: Occurs in coral-rich areas of lagoon and seaward reefs from below the surge zone to at least 30 m, where it typically rests between corals, sides of crevices or shallow caves. Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of live rock for hiding places and microalgae. May nip at stony corals and clam mantles. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:16:45 -0600 Cirripectes alboapicalis http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=113&title=cirripectes-alboapicalis&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=113&amp;title=cirripectes-alboapicalis&amp;cat=506"><img title="41Cirripectes_alboapicalis.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41Cirripectes_alboapicalis.jpg" alt="41Cirripectes_alboapicalis.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Cirripectes alboapicalis Max. size: 12.3 cm SL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 10 m Climate: tropical Distribution: Pacific Ocean = Capricorn Group of the Great Barrier Reef, Lord Howe, Norfolk, Kermadec, Cook, Austral and Easter islands; also from the Pitcairn Group. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15-17; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 16-18; Vertebrae: 31-32. Brown in body color with spots; brown pupil-sized spot behind each eye. Scales absent. Anterior portion of lateral line with small scalelike flaps. At least 11 lateral-line tubes, with last tube before the caudal-fin base. Narrow inner ring of iris yellow, remainder black. Cirri, nuchal 28-42, supraorbital 4-18, nasal 8-27. Nuchal cirri in 2 groups, not overlapping at midpoint of nape, no nuchal flaps. Dorsal fin deeply incised above the last spine. Species name (albus - white; apicalis - apex) refers to pale tips of dorsal-fin spines. Aquarium Care: Provide liverock, a lot of hiding places, and microagae growth. It has a peaceful temperament but can nip on SPS, LPS, and clam mantles. Similar personality as Ecsenius spp., but more cryptic. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:14:38 -0600 Black Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=110&title=black-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=110&amp;title=black-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41black_blenny.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41black_blenny.jpg" alt="41black_blenny.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Enchelyurus ater Max. size: 5.5 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: demersal; marine Climate: tropical Distribution: Pacific Ocean = Coral Sea (excluding the Great Barrier Reef) to the Tuamoto Islands. Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of live rock for hiding and grazing. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:14:37 -0600 Butterfly Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=111&title=butterfly-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=111&amp;title=butterfly-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41butterfly_blenny.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41butterfly_blenny.jpg" alt="41butterfly_blenny.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Blennius ocellaris Max. size: 20.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: demersal; marine; depth range 10 - 400 m Climate: subtropical Distribution: Southeast Atlantic = Atlantic coast from Morocco to the English Channel. Also known from the Mediterranean and Black Sea. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 11-12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-16; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 15-16. Gill membranes not forming a fold across isthmus. Tentacles on nasal opening, above eye and on nape near first dorsal fin ray. Dentaries joined by suture. Lateral line reduced, discontinuous. Anterior part of dorsal fin conspicuously higher than posterior part. Biology: Found over hard bottoms. Mainly nocturnal, it feeds on small invertebrates. Reproduces in April (Marseille) or July (England); eggs are laid under mussel-shells or stones and guarded by the male. Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of live rock for hiding and hunting for food. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:14:37 -0600 Aden Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=108&title=aden-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=108&amp;title=aden-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41Aden_blenny.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41Aden_blenny.jpg" alt="41Aden_blenny.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Antennablennius adenensis Max. size: 5.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: demersal; marine; depth range 0 - 2 m Climate: tropical Distribution: Western Indian Ocean = Red Sea to the Persian Gulf and Pakistan. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 17-19; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 18-20 Biology: Found on rocky bottoms. Aquarium Care: Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of live rock. May nip at clam mantles and stony corals. <br /><br />1 comment mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:14:36 -0600 Arabian Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=109&title=arabian-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=109&amp;title=arabian-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41Arabian_blenny.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41Arabian_blenny.jpg" alt="41Arabian_blenny.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Antennablennius hypenetes Max. size: 6.5 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: demersal; marine Climate: tropical Distribution: Western Indian Ocean = entire Arabian Peninsula from the northern Red Sea to the Persian Gulf. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16-20; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 19-21 Biology: Inshore species found on rocky bottoms. Aquarium Care: Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of live rock. May nip at clam mantles and stony corals. <br /><br />1 comment mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:14:36 -0600 Lady Musgrave Blenny http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=105&title=lady-musgrave-blenny&cat=506 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=105&amp;title=lady-musgrave-blenny&amp;cat=506"><img title="41Lady_Musgrave_blenny.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/506/thumbs/41Lady_Musgrave_blenny.jpg" alt="41Lady_Musgrave_blenny.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Cirripectes chelomatus Max. size: 12.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 16 m Climate: tropical Distribution: Western Pacific = off eastern Australia from Lady Musgrave Reef northward to Sir Charles Hardy Islands, as far north as Basilaki Islands, Papua New Guinea; as far south as Lord Howe Island; and eastward to Fiji and Tonga Islands. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-16; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 15-17; Vertebrae: 29-31. Head spotted; iris red; pectoral fins yellow; rugosities of anal spine dirty yellow. Cirri, nuchal 22-45, supraorbital 3-93, nasal 6-82; 4 groups of nuchal cirri with a slightly expanded flap at bases of ventralmost cirri. Dorsal fin with shallow notch above last spine. In adults, dorsal-fin membrane attached to caudal fin. Lateral line incomplete. No scales. Simple cephalic pore system. Biology: Inhabits shallow rocky and coral reefs. Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of liverock, and microagae growth. May nip on SPS, LPS, and clam mantles. Similar personality as Ecsenius spp., but more cryptic. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 21:14:35 -0600