Whitespotted Blenny, Salarias alboguttatus Kner 1867

Other Names: White-spotted Blenny

A Whitespotted Blenny, Salarias alboguttatus, in Noumea, New Caledonia, April 2016. Source: d_kluza / iNaturalist.org. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives

A small greyish to brownish blenny with small white spots on the head, and irregular rows of oval spots or dashes and 7-8 indistinct brownish bars on sides. Breeding males have a dark head with a bright blue spot on either side of the throat.

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Whitespotted Blenny, Salarias alboguttatus Kner 1867

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Northern Great Barrier Reef to One Tree Island, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the west-central Pacific: Kyushu, Japan, to Samoa, including the Great Barrier Reef, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
Often seen on the top of large Porites coral heads.


Detritivore - uses its teeth to comb small particles of organic material from turf algae.

Species Citation

Salarias alboguttatus Kner 1867, Siboga-Expéditie Report 56: 16, pl. 4(4). Type locality: Samoa.


Dianne J. Bray


Australian Faunal Directory

Whitespotted Blenny, Salarias alboguttatus Kner 1867


Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

Alleyne, H.G. & Macleay, W.J. 1877. The ichthyology of the Chevert Expedition. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1(3–4): 261-281, 321-359, pls 3-9, 10-17. (as Salarias irroratus)

Bath, H. 1977. Revision der Blenniini (Pisces: Blenniidae). Senckenbergiana Biologica 57(4/6): 167-234. 

Bath, H. 1992. Zwei neue Arten der Gattung Salarias Cuvier 1817 (Pisces: Blenniidae). Senckenbergiana Biologica 72[1991](nos. 1/3): 35-44. 

Bath, H. 1992. Zwei neue Arten der Gattung Salarias Cuvier 1817 von den Philippinen und von Westaustralien (Pisces: Blenniidae). Senckenbergiana Biologica 72(4/6): 225-236. 

Bath, H. & Randall, J.E. 1991. Synopsis der Gattung Salarias Cuvier 1817 mit Beschreibung einer neuen Art (Pisces: Blenniidae). Senckenbergiana Biologica 71(4/6): 245-258.

Depczynski, M. & Bellwood , D.R.(2005). Wave energy and spatial variability in community structure of small cryptic coral reef fishes, Marine Ecology Progress Series 303: 283-293.

Kner, R. 1867. Neue Fische aus dem Museum der herren J. Cäs. Godeffroy & Son in Hamburg. Siboga-Expéditie Report 56: 1-20.

Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. A comprehensive guide to the coral reef fishes of Micronesia. Guam : Coral Graphics vi 330 pp. 192 pls.

Townsend, K.A. &  Tibbetts, I.R. (2000). Biomass and distribution of herbivorous blennies in the southern Great Barrier Reef Journal of Fish Biology 56: 774-791.

Whitley, G.P. 1930. Ichthyological miscellanea. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 10(1): 8-31 fig. 1 pl. 1 (as Negoscartes irroratus)

Williams, J.T. 2014. Salarias alboguttatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T48342516A48385312. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-3.RLTS.T48342516A48385312.en. Downloaded on 14 December 2016.

Wilson, S.K. (2000). Trophic status and feeding selectivity of blennies (Blenniidae: Salariini). Marine Biology 136: 431-437.

Wilson, S.K. (2001). Multiscale habitat associations of detrivorous blennies (Blenniidae: Salariini). Coral Reefs 20: 245-251.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37408080

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-8 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:6.5 cm TL

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