Redstreaked Blenny, Cirripectes stigmaticus Strasburg & Schultz 1953

Other Names: Red-streaked Blenny, Reticulated Blenny

A Redstreaked Blenny, Cirripectes stigmaticus, on the Great Barrier Reef off Port Douglas, Queensland, February 2005. Source: Erik Schlogl / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A dark brown combtooth blenny with a red reticulate pattern anteriorly becoming spots and wavy lines posteriorly, and a yellow-ringed pupil inside a red outline. Large individuals are dark green to blackish with red spots on the head and red spots to vertical streaks on the sides.

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Redstreaked Blenny, Cirripectes stigmaticus Strasburg & Schultz 1953

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Scott Reef, Western Australia, Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea, and the far northern Great Barrier Reef and reefs in the Coral Sea, to the Moreton Bay region, Queensland; also Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean, and Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.
Inhabits reef flats and the top of reef slopes, with rich coral and algae growth, usually at depths to 10 m. 


Dorsal XII, 14-16; Anal fin II, 15-17; Pectoral fin 15; Pelvic fin I, 4; Caudal fin procurrent rays 10-14; Gill rakers 23-30' Vertebrae 30-32. 
Lateral line without scales and scalelike flaps, Llat tubes 1-10 (usually 3-8), canal ending below 7th dorsal-fin ray to caudal-fin base. Lower lip smooth mesially, plicate laterally. Upper lip crenulae 35-52.Cephalic pore system simple; no pores at extra interorbital position; a pore present behind nuchal flap on each side. Cirri, supraorbital 7-22, nasal 8-29; nuchal 34-47, in 4 groups, ventralmost group borne on slightly expanded nuchal flap on each side.Dorsal-fin membrane attached to caudal fin, with deep notch above last spine, first spine slightly higher than second.


Small herbivores, often seen in shallow surge-zone habitats.


The specific name is from the Latin stigmaticus (= marked) "in reference to the white and dark spots".

Species Citation

Cirripectes stigmaticus Strasburg & Schultz 1953, Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences 43(4): 132, fig. 2. Type locality: Lagoon reef, Rongerik Atoll, Latoback Island, Marshall Islands. 


Bray, D.J. 2022


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Redstreaked Blenny, Cirripectes stigmaticus Strasburg & Schultz 1953


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37408017

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-20 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm SL

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