Eel Snake Blenny, Peronedys anguillaris Steindachner 1883

Other Names: Eel Blenny, Eel Codlet, Eelblenny, Gunnel, Shanny, Snake Blenny

An Eel Snake Blenny, Peronedys anguillaris. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved

A rare snake blenny with a broad dark stripe along the back, tan to pale yellowish-grey sides, dark dorsal and anal fins, and fine dark-edged stripes and lines on the head and body. The Eel Snake Blenny has a long, slender, compressed body, very long-based dorsal and anal fins, minute pectoral fins and tiny pelvic fins. The head, eye and mouth are very small, and the body is covered in tiny cycloid scales.

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Eel Snake Blenny, Peronedys anguillaris Steindachner 1883

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Endemic to South Australia and Western Australia, from Victor Harbor and Kangaroo Island (South Australia) to the Recherche Archipelago (Western Australia). Inhabits quiet bays and estuaries, sheltering in dense seagrass beds, and decaying detritus, at depths to 13 m.


Dorsal fin lXXVI lXXXIV, 2-4; Anal fin II, 55-62; Pectoral fin 3-4 (minute); Pelvic fin I, 2 (tiny); Caudal fin 13; Lateral-line pores 9-15; Vertebrae 31-35 + 57-63 = 89-96. 
Body very long and slender, eel-like (depth 7-8% SL); head length 16% SL; eye diameter 14-15% HL; upper jaw to slightly beyond hind edge of eye (30-31% HL); pectoral fins vestigial, non-apparent; pelvic fins tiny, shorter than eye diameter; pectoral- and pelvic-fin lengths less than eye diameter.


To 13 cm TL.


Pale tan to whitish with a broad dark brown mid-dorsal stripe from tip of snout to tail tip; anal-fin base with a narrower brown stripe to tail tip; head and body with irregular fine brown lines from rear edge of eye; dorsal fin dark brown; anal fin yellowish anteriorly, brownish posteriorly; caudal fin brown above and below, wit ha  white medial stripe.


Likely to feed on small benthic invertebrates.


The species is viviparous - with internal fertilisation and birth of live young.


Of no interest to fisheries.


The specific name anguillaris is from the Latin anguilla (= an eel)in reference to the eel-like body of this species.

Species Citation

Peronedys anguillaris Steindachner 1883, Anzeiger der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien 20(22): 197. Type locality: St. Vincent Gulf, South Australia.


Bray, D.J. 2020


Atlas of Living Australia

Eel Snake Blenny, Peronedys anguillaris Steindachner 1883


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CAAB Code:37414012

Conservation:IUCN Data Deficient

Depth:1-13 m

Habitat:Seagrass beds

Max Size:13 cm TL


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