Medusa Blenny, Cirrisalarias bunares Springer 1976

Other Names: Hairy Blenny

A Medusa Blenny, Cirrisalarias bunares, at Ani Island, Ogasawara, Japan, depth 1.2m.. Source: orangkucing / License: CC by Attribution-ShareAlike

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Medusa Blenny, Cirrisalarias bunares Springer 1976

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Recorded from the Australian territory of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean. Inhabits surge channels, tide pools and the upper edge of outer reef slopes in 0-5 m. Elsewhere, the species occurs in the Indo-west-central pacific.


The specific name bunares is from the Latin prefix bu- (large) and nares (nostris) in reference to the large nostrils of this species.


Dianne J. Bray

Medusa Blenny, Cirrisalarias bunares Springer 1976


Allen, G.R. & Steene, R.C. 1988. Fishes of Christmas Island Indian Ocean. Christmas Island Natural History Association, Christmas Island, Indian Ocean, 6798, Australia. 197 pp. 

Springer, V.G. 1976. Cirrisalarias bunares, new genus and species of blenniid fish from the Indian Ocean. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 89(13): 199-203. PDF at BHL

Williams, J.T. 2014. Cirrisalarias bunares. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T48342287A48371061. Downloaded on 04 June 2016.

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CAAB Code:37408104

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-5 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:3.5 cm TL

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