Spalding's Blenny, Salarias sexfilum Günther 1861

Spalding's Blenny, Salarias sexfilum, from Darwin, Northern Territory. Source: Michael Hammer / Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. License: All rights reserved

A greenish yellow to yellowish-brown blenny becoming pal below, with double vertical brown bands along the side, a pinkish bar bounded by white spots below the eye, and a pinkish ocellus on the chest.

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Spalding's Blenny, Salarias sexfilum Günther 1861

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Exmouth, Western Australia, to Cape Arnhem and the Wessel Islands, Northern Territory, and the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, west Pacific. Inhabits tide pools and shallow reef flats.


The specific name sexfilum is from the Latin sex (= six) and filum (= thread), possibly in reference to the distinct nasal, orbital and nuchal tentacles of this species.

Species Citation

Salarias sexfilum Günther 1861, Catalogue of the Fishes in the British Museum Vol. 3: 241. No type locality specified.


Bray, D.J. 2021


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Spalding's Blenny, Salarias sexfilum Günther 1861


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. (as Salarias spaldingi)

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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(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 figs 1-9 

Günther, A. 1861. Catalogue of the Fishes in the British Museum. Catalogue of the acanthopterygian fishes in the collection of the British Museum. London : British Museum Vol. 3 586 pp. See ref at BHL

Klunzinger, C.B. 1879. Die v. Müller'sche Sammlung australischer Fische. Anzeiger der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Classe 16(22):  (described as Salarias punctillatus)

Klunzinger, C.B. 1880. Die von Müller'sche Sammlung australischer Fische in Stuttgart. Sitzungsberichte der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Classe 80(1. Abth.) (nos 3-4): 325-430, Pls. 1-9. See ref at BHL

Larson, H.K. & Williams, R.S. 1997. Darwin Harbour fishes: a survey and annotated checklist. pp. 339-380 in Hanley, H.R., Caswell, G., Megirian, D. & Larson, H.K. (eds). The Marine Flora and Fauna of Darwin Harbour, Northern Territory, Australia. Proceedings of the Sixth International Marine Biology Workshop. Darwin : Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory 466 pp. 

Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293

Macleay, W.J. 1878. The fishes of Port Darwin. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1 2(4): 344-367 pls 7-10 (described as Salarias spaldingiSee ref at BHL

Smith-Vaniz, W.F. & Springer, V.G. 1971. Synopsis of the tribe Salariini, with description of five new genera and three new species (Pisces: Blenniidae). Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology  73: 1-72

Springer, V.G. 2001. Blenniidae. pp. 3538-3546 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218.

Williams, J.T. 2014. Salarias sexfilum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T48342305A48383879. Downloaded on 19 November 2019.

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CAAB Code:37408083

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:~8 cm

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