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 two dark lateral stripes, one immediately above the pectoral fin and one from the chin running below the eye through the pectoral-fin base, usually separated by a yellow stripe (sometimes a white stripe). The species also has a narrow dark stripe along the dorsal-fin base, a black submarginal band on the dorsal fin, and a yellow caudal fin.
The dark stripe running through the eye is separated from the margin of the upper lip by a broad pale area that is about equal to, or wider than the width of the dark stripe.

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Lined Combtooth Blenny, Ecsenius lineatus Klausewitz 1962

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North West Cape, Western Australia, to Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea. Elsewhere, the species is widespread in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific.
Inhabits clear shallow coastal reef patches and offshore reef crests, usually at depths above 5 m.


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.


The specific name is from the Latin lineatus (= lined, striped), in reference to the broad, black longitudinal band along the sides.

Species Citation

Ecsenius lineatus Klausewitz, 1962, Senckenberg. Biol. 43(2): 145. Type localty: Reef in lagoon near Madewaru Island, Fadiffulu Atoll, Maldives.


Bray, D.J. 2021


Lined Combtooth Blenny, Ecsenius lineatus Klausewitz 1962


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37408025

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-28 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:9 cm TL


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