Australian Combtooth Blenny, Ecsenius australianus Springer 1988


Other Names: Australian Blenny, Pale-spotted Coral Blenny

An Australian Combtooth Blenny, Ecsenius australianus, at Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, May 2006. Source: Mark Rosenstein / iNaturalist.org. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

Summary:
The Australian Combtooth Blenny is only found on the northern Great Barrier Reef and reefs in the Coral Sea off Queensland.

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Dianne J. Bray, Ecsenius australianus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 11 Jul 2020, http://136.154.202.208/home/species/1060

Australian Combtooth Blenny, Ecsenius australianus Springer 1988

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Distribution

Recorded in Australia from the northern Great Barrier Reef and reefs in the Coral Sea off Queensland. Also at Timor Leste.

Features

Meristic features: Dorsal fin XII, 13-15; Anal fin II, 15-17; Pectoral fin 13-14; Caudal fin 13; Vertebrae 10 + 21-23 (usually 22); Dentary incisor teeth 44-51
Anterior canine teeth teeth very similar in appearance to incisors; posterior canines usually one on each side. Cirrus present on posterior rim of anterior nostril, absent on anterior rim. Dorsal fin deeply notched between spinous and segmented-ray portions. Lateral line without vertical pairs of pores, terminating posteriorly at point between verticals from dorsal-fin spines 10 and 12.

Biology

Reproduction - Oviparous. Females produce demersal adhesive eggs that are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, and often found in shallow, coastal waters 

Author

Dianne J. Bray

Australian Combtooth Blenny, Ecsenius australianus Springer 1988

References


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

Coleman, N. 1981. Australian Sea Fishes North of 30°S. Lane Cove, NSW : Doubleday Australia Pty Ltd 297 pp.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs.

Springer, V.G. 1972. Additions to revisions of the blenniid fish genera Ecsenius and Entomacrodus, with descriptions of three new species of Ecsenius. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 134: 1-13 figs 1-3

Springer, V.G. 1988. The Indo-Pacific Blenniid fish genus Ecsenius. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 465: 1-134 figs 1-68 pls 1-14



Watson, W. 2009. Larval development in blennies. pp. 309-350. In Patzner, R.A., E.J. Gonçalves, P.A. Hastings & B.G. Kapoor (eds). The biology of blennies. Science Publishers, Enfield, New Haven, USA. 482 pp.

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CAAB Code:37408021

Depth:0-25 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:6 cm TL

Native:Endemic

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