Talbot's Blenny, Stanulus talboti Springer 1968

Talbot's Blenny, Stanulus talboti, at Lord Howe Island, November 2016. Source: David R / iNaturalist.org. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives

A small blenny with mottled brownish bands along the upper sides, a brown spot on the pectoral-fin base, a dark broken stripe through the eye to the tail, whitish lower sides, and iridescent pale blue spots on the lower head.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Stanulus talboti in Fishes of Australia, accessed 28 Nov 2022, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/1093

Talbot's Blenny, Stanulus talboti Springer 1968

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Dirk Hartog Island to the Monte Bello Islands, Western Australia, the southern Great Barrier Reef and the Lord Howe Province in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the western-central Pacific. 
Inhabits the surge channel zone on exposed reefs in depths to 15 m.


Dorsal fin XII, 11-13; Anal fin II, 12-13.
Differs from the blenny genus Entomacrodus in having scale-like flaps on anterior portion of lateral line, fewer dorsal and anal finrays, and more pectoral fin elements. Nasal, supraorbital and nuchal cirri simple and short. Both sexes without occipital crest.


The species is "Named for my friend. Dr. Frank H. Talbot, who participated in the  collection of the specimens, and who organized the expedition that  made the collections possible."

Species Citation

Stanulus talboti Springer 1968, Proc Biol. Soc. Wash. 81(15): 119, fig. 2. Type locality: south of One Tree Island, Queensland.


Bray, D.J. 2020


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Talbot's Blenny, Stanulus talboti Springer 1968


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Springer, V.G. 1968. The Indo-Pacific bleniid fish genus Stanulus with description of a new species from the Great Barrier Reef (Blenniidae; Blenniinae; Salariini). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 81(15): 111-122 figs 1-2 See ref at BHL
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. Stanulus talboti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T48342314A48355768. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-3.RLTS.T48342314A48355768.en. Downloaded on 24 October 2020.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37408085

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:3-15 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:5 cm TL

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