Lined Combtooth Blenny, Ecsenius lineatus Klausewitz 1962

Other Names: Linear Blenny, Lined Blenny, Lined Comb-tooth, Lined Combtooth-blenny, Lined Coralblenny

A Lined Combtooth Blenny, Ecsenius lineatus, at Hyotan Island, Ogasawara, Japan - depth 12 m. Source: orangkucing / License: CC BY Attribution-ShareAlike

A combtooth blenny with a greyish back and a white lower half, and a broad dark brown to black stripe along the head and body (sometimes made up of rectangular blotches), bordered by a bright yellow stripe.

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Lined Combtooth Blenny, Ecsenius lineatus Klausewitz 1962

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North West Cape, Western Australia, and Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea. Elsewhere, the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific.
Inhabits coastal reef patches and offshore reef slopes.


Dorsal fin XII-XIII, 16-18; anal fin II, 18-20; Pectoral fin 12-14; Pelvic fin I, 3.
Long cirrus only on posterior margin of anterior nostril; last lateral-line tube below 9th-11th dorsal-fin spine.

Species Citation

Ecsenius lineatus Klausewitz, 1962, Senckenberg. Biol. 43(2): 145. Type localty: Fadiffulu Atoll, Maldive Islands.


Dianne J. Bray


Lined Combtooth Blenny, Ecsenius lineatus Klausewitz 1962


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CAAB Code:37408025

Depth:1-28 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:9 cm TL

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