Malayan Eel Blenny, Congrogadus malayanus (Weber 1909)

A Malayan Eel Blenny, Congrogadus malayanus, from 3 miles E of Turtle Head, Cape York, Queensland, AMS I.20828-018. Source: Douglass F. Hoese / Australian Museum. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A dark eel blenny with a series of pale spots arrangedpots arranged in 5-6 irregular rows.Opercle with a dark ocellated spot. A short dark bar running posteroventrally from eye to opercular ocellus. 

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Malayan Eel Blenny, Congrogadus malayanus (Weber 1909)

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Cape York, Queensland, Papua New Guinea, and the Aru Islands, Indonesia.


Dorsal fin I, 60-63; Anal fin 49-53; Vertebrae 64-68. 
Gill membranes fused to the isthmus. No posterior otic sensory pore; preopercular pores 7; one posterior interorbital pore. Scaled cheek; variable number of scales dorsally on opercle. 


Feeds mostly on crustaceans.

Species Citation

Haliopsis malayanus Weber 1909, Notes from the Leyden Museum 31(2): 145. Type locality: Aru Island, Indonesia.


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Malayan Eel Blenny, Congrogadus malayanus (Weber 1909)


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CAAB Code:37411005

Depth:0-40 m

Habitat:Reef associated, rubble areas

Max Size:7+ cm SL

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