Chevron Blenny, Omobranchus elongatus (Peters 1855)

Other Names: Chevroned Blenny, Cloister Blenny

A Chevron Blenny, Omobranchus elongatus, at Pulau Subar Laut, Singapore, February 2017. Source: budak / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives

A greyish to reddish-grey oysterblenny with a white diagonal line behind the eye, a pale-rimmed brown to dark brown spot on the rear of the gill cover, and irregular dark brown bars or blotches along the side separated by narrow curved white lines. Males have a dusky spot on the middle of the soft dorsal fin.
The Chevron Blenny has no fleshy bladelike crest on the top of the head in either sex.

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Chevron Blenny, Omobranchus elongatus (Peters 1855)

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Gulf of Carpentaria to at least the Whitsunday Islands, Queensland. Elsewhere the species is widespread in the Indo-west Pacific
Inhabits shallow nearshore reefs with oyster growth and little coral cover, often in estuaries and tidepools.


Dorsal fin XII-XIV, 17-20; Anal fin II, 20-23, both anal-fin spines of males discernible externally; Pectoral fin 13; Pelvic fin I, 2; Caudal fin (segmented rays) 12-14; Procurrent caudal rays (dorsal + ventral) 10-16; Vertebrae 10-11 + 27- 30 = 37-40; Lateral-line tubes 0-9.
Body elongate; no cirri, tentacles or fleshy blade-like crest on top of head in either sex; both jaws with a single canine tooth posteriorly; lips with a smooth edge, lower lip with a small ventral projecting flap posteriorly. Prenasal pores present; interorbital pores 1-4; circumorbital pores 7-9.All caudal-fin rays unbranched.


Body greyish to reddish-grey, with irregular curved oblique greyish bars along the side separated by narrow curved white lines; a pale-edged brown to reddish-brown spot on the rear of the gill cover; small dark spots sometimes on the underside of the head and chest; males with a dusky spot on the soft dorsal fin between rays 9-13.


The specific name is from the Latin elongatus (= to prolong), possibly in reference to the more elongate body of this species compared with other species known at the time.

Species Citation

Petroscirtes elongatus Peters 1855, Monatsberichte der Königlichen Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin 1855: 440. Type locality: Mozambique.


Bray, D.J. 2022


Atlas of Living Australia

Chevron Blenny, Omobranchus elongatus (Peters 1855)


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Peters, W.C.H. 1855. Übersicht der in Mossambique beobachteten Seefische. Monatsberichte der Königlichen Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin 1855: 428-466 

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Springer, V.G. 1981. Notes on blenniid fishes of the tribe Omobranchini, with descriptions of two new species. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 94(3): 699-707. See ref at BHL

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CAAB Code:37408059

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-4 m

Habitat:Reef associated, estuaries, tidepools

Max Size:5 cm SL

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