Earspot Snake Blenny, Ophiclinops hutchinsi George & Springer 1980

Other Names: Earspot Snakeblenny

An Earspot Snake Blenny, Ophiclinops hutchinsi. Source: Barry Hutchins / Western Australian Museum. License: All rights reserved

A brown, often mottled snake blenny with a pale mid-dorsal stripe behind each eye, lines of small dark spots along the side dorsally, midlaterally and along anal fin base, extending along the dorsal-fin base, a mottled head with one to several brown, dark stripes radiating posteriorly from each eye, a conspicuous dark blotch dorsally on each gill cover, and pale fins with dark speckling.

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Earspot Snake Blenny, Ophiclinops hutchinsi George & Springer 1980

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Israelite Bay to Lucky Bay, on the coast opposite the Recherche Archipelago, south Western Australia.Inhabits areas with seagrass, rocky reefs, and algae at depths to about 15 m.


Dorsal fin LVI-LIX, 1; Anal fin II, 43-45; Caudal fin14-15; Pectoral fin 6-7; Pelvic fin I, 2. 
Body shallow (10-11% SL), very elongate, compressed, gradually tapering to shallow caudal peduncle. Head small (15-16% SL); eyes small (14-15% HL); upper jaw length 38-39% HL. 
Single dorsal and anal fins with very elongate bases and fairly uniform heights, both broadly joined by membrane to caudal fin; single dorsal fin arising slightly behind and above opercular edges; caudal fin pointed. Pectoral fins tiny, length less than eye diameter.

Similar Species

Ophiclinops hutchinsi differs from the other two species of Ophiclinops in having more dorsal-fin spines, segmented anal- and caudal-fin rays, and more vertebrae. 


The species is named for J. Barry Hutchins (former Curator of Fishes at the Western Australian Museum), who collected all the type specimens and allowed the authors to describe the species.

Species Citation

Ophiclinops hutchinsi George & Springer 1980, Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 307: 9, fig. 2. Type locality: unnamed island in eastern Lucky Bay, southern Western Australia, 34°01'S, 122°14'E, among reef and weed, depth 13 m.


Bray, D.J. 2019


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Earspot Snake Blenny, Ophiclinops hutchinsi George & Springer 1980


George, A. & Springer, V.G. 1980. Revision of the clinid fish tribe Ophiclinini, including five new species, and definition of the family Clinidae. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 307: 1-31 figs 1-14 https://doi.org/10.5479/si.00810282.307 open access

Hoese, D.F., Gomon, M.F. & Rennis, D.S. 2008. Family Clinidae. pp. 696-722 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. 

Rennis, D., Hoese, D.F. & Gomon, M.F. 1994. Family Clinidae. pp. 741-775, figs 650-684B in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs.

Williams, J.T., Holleman, W. & Clements, K.D. 2014. Ophiclinops hutchinsi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T179008A1558756. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-3.RLTS.T179008A1558756.en. Downloaded on 03 June 2019.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37414007

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-15 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:9.5 cm TL


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