Seram Blenny, Salarias ceramensis Bleeker 1852

Other Names: Ceram Blenny

A Seram Blenny, Salarias ceramensis, on Swains Reefs, Great Barrier Reefs, Queensland, February 2017. Source: Andrew Green / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A dark greyish to greenish or brownish blenny with a complex pattern of bars and lines on the head, a whitish to pale greenish area on the upper head and upper front of the body (or whitish saddles along the back), several large black spots below the spinous dorsal fin, small whitish to pale greenish spots on the body, and small dark spots on the pectoral and caudal fins. 
Video of a Seram Blenny at Musgrave Island, Queensland.

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Seram Blenny, Salarias ceramensis Bleeker 1852

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Murray Islands to the Capricorn Group, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. The species occurs elsewhere in the tropical, west Pacific.
Inhabits sheltered bays and lagoons, often amongst mixed algae and coral rubble, in silty habitats at depths of 1-6 m. Often seen propping on dead coral.


Dorsal fin XII, 17-19; Anal fin II, 18-19; Pectoral fin 15; Pelvic fin I, 3; Caudal fin (segmented rays) 12-13 (middle 8-9 branched).

Similar Species

Differs from the similar Salarias fasciatus in having a most dark chest and belly, along with 15 pectoral-fin rays (vs. 14 in S. fasciatus).

Species Citation

Salarias ceramensis Bleeker 1852, Natuurwetensch. Tijdschr. Nederlandsch Indiƫ 3: 701. Type locality: Wahai, northern Ceram, Indonesia.


Dianne J. Bray


Australian Faunal Directory

Seram Blenny, Salarias ceramensis Bleeker 1852


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37408098

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-6 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:13 cm TL

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