Snake Convict Blenny, Pholidichthys anguis Springer & Larson 1996

Black & white image of the holotype of the Snake Convict Blenny, Pholidichthys anguis. Source: Fig. 2 in Springer & Larson (1996) Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 109(2). License: Public Domain

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Snake Convict Blenny, Pholidichthys anguis Springer & Larson 1996

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Joseph Bonaparte Gulf, Western Australia, to SE of Saibai, Island, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in New Guinea.
Inhabits muddy areas amongst sand, shell, sponges, and patches of rocky and coral reefs.


Dorsal fin 86-98; Anal fin 70-81.


The specific name is from the Latin anguis, meaning "snake," in reference to the elongate form of the species.

Species Citation

Pholidichthys anguis Springer & Larson 1996, Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 109(2): .355, figs 1-3. Type locality: WSW of Angurugu, Groote Eylandt, NT, 19 m [14°05'S, 136°15'E]. 


Bray, D.J. 2017

Snake Convict Blenny, Pholidichthys anguis Springer & Larson 1996


Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293.

Russell, B.C. & Houston, W. 1989. Offshore fishes of the Arafura Sea. The Beagle, Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory 6(1): 69-84.

Springer, V.G. 2001. Pholidichthyidae. 3500 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218. 

Springer, V.G. & Larson, H.K. 1996. Pholidichthys anguis, a new species of pholidichthyid fish from Northern Territory and Western Australia. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 109(2): 353-365.

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CAAB Code:37397001

Depth:19-70 m

Max Size:24.5 cm SL

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