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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      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.
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