Blackstriped Combtooth Blenny, Ecsenius fourmanoiri Springer 1972

A Blackstriped Combtooth Blenny, Ecsenius fourmanoiri, from New Caledonia. Source: John E. Randall / FishBase via EOL. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

A pale yellowish-pink comb-tooth blenny with a dark brown stripe along the dorsal-fin base, two dark brown stripes joined by crossbands along the side (the upper stripe continuing through the eye, and the lower stripe through the pectoral-fin base), and a dark brown ‘chinstrap’.

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Blackstriped Combtooth Blenny, Ecsenius fourmanoiri Springer 1972

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Dorsal fin XII.14-15; Anal fin 11,16-17; Pectoral fin 12-13; Caudal fin 13; Vertebrae 10 + 23-24. 

Dentary incisor teeth 45-49 (includes anterior canine teeth, which differ little, if at all, in appearance from incisors); posterior canines 1 on each side. Lateral line lacking vertical pairs of pores, terminating posteriorly at point between verticals from interspace between dorsal-fin spines 10 and 11, and vertical from spine 12. Cirrus present on posterior rim of anterior nostril; none on anterior rim. Dorsal fin deeply notched between spinous and segmented-ray portions. 


Dusky brownish to brownish-orange to above enclosing two rows of large white squarish blotches or spots, a black stripe through the eye continuing as a dark brown to blackish stripe above the pectoral-fin base, head pale pinkish with a narrow dark line along the lower head and posterior margin of the gill cover, and a horizontal dark line on the pectoral-fin base.


Herbivore - feeds on benthic algae.

Similar Species

Differs from Ecsenius australianus in having a dark stripe on the pectoral-fin base, a dark, curved line on the opercular margin, and blackish anterior stripes and bands.


The species is named for the French ichthyologist, Pierre Fourmanoir.

Species Citation

Ecsenius fourmanoiri Springer 1972, Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 134: 5, fig. 2. Type locality: off Nouméa, 1 kilometer northwest of Dumbea Pass, New Caledonia. 


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Blackstriped Combtooth Blenny, Ecsenius fourmanoiri Springer 1972


Gill, A.C. & Reader, S.E. 1992. Fishes. pp. 90-93, 193-228 in Hutchings, P. (ed.) Reef Biology. A Survey of Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs, South Pacific. Canberra : Australian National Parks Vol. 3, Kowari 230 pp.

Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press 707 pp.

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: i-iii + 1-13. PDF available
Springer, V.G. 1988. The Indo-Pacific blenniid fish genus Ecsenius. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology: i-iv + 1-134, col. Pls. 1-14.

Williams, J.T. 2014. Ecsenius fourmanoiri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T48342341A48364310. Downloaded on 14 November 2016.

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CAAB Code:37408023

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-20 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:6 cm TL

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