Kimberley Blenny, Cirripectes alleni Williams 1993

Holotype of the Kimberley Blenny, Cirripectes alleni - WAM P.30309-018. Source: Western Australian Museum. License: All rights reserved

A slender blenny with a pale grey back, a broad dark brown stripe from the eye along the side to the middle caudal-fin rays, a pale underside, a pale patch above the eye, and a golden inner iris ring and a red outer ring.

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Bray, D.J. 2022, Cirripectes alleni in Fishes of Australia, accessed 21 Mar 2023,

Kimberley Blenny, Cirripectes alleni Williams 1993

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Endemic to Western Australia, from Adele Island to the Kimberley Region. Typically inhabits turbid coral and rocky reefs, sheltering in crevices within the reef when threatened.


Dorsal fin XI-XIII, 14-15; Anal fin II, 15-16; Pectoral fin 14-16; Pelvic fin I,3-4; Caudal fin procurrent rays 12; Vertebrae 9-10 + 20 = 29-30; Cirri, nuchal 23-30, supraorbital 5-9, nasal 8-20.
Dorsal fin incised above last spine, male with first spine filamentous, higher than 2nd spine; scales and scale-like flaps absent;  lateral-line tubes 1-5, series ending below dorsal fin rays 1-5; nuchal cirri in 4 groups, dorsal-most cirri some not connected at their bases, with nuchal flap bearing the ventral-most groups; cephalic sensory pore system simple. 


The species is named in honour of ichthyologist Gerald R. Allen of the Western Australia Museum, who collected and photographed all specimens known at the time in the Kimberly Region, Western Australia.

Species Citation

Cirripectes alleni Williams 1993, Revue Française d'Aquariologie et Herpétologie 20(2): 61, figs 1-3. Type locality: Edge of dropoff on west side of Cassini Island, Kimberley Region, Western Australia, 13°56'S, 125°37'E, depth 3-15 m.


Bray, D.J. 2022


Atlas of Living Australia

Kimberley Blenny, Cirripectes alleni Williams 1993


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls.

Allen, G.R., McEachran, J., Patzner, R.A. & Williams, J. 2010. Cirripectes alleni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T155194A4741904. Downloaded on 31 January 2019.

Springer, V.G. 2001. Blenniidae. pp. 3538-3546 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.

Williams, J.T. 1993. Cirripectes alleni, a new species of blennid fish from the northern coast of Western Australia. Revue Française d'Aquariologie et Herpétologie 20(2): 61-64 figs 1-10

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CAAB Code:37408095

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-15 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:6.5 cm TL


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