Eastern Jumping Blenny, Lepidoblennius haplodactylus Steindachner 1867


Other Names: Jumping Blenny, Jumping Joey

An Eastern Jumping Blenny, Lepidoblennius haplodactylus, at Port Kembla, New South Wales. Source: Dave Harasti / www.daveharasti.com. License: All rights reserved

Summary:
A greyish to greenish-yellow triplefin grading to pale below, often with 5 dark saddle-like blotches along the back, small irregular pearly spots and dark blotches or vertical streaks along the sides, and a brown band from the eye to the upper jaw.
The Eastern Jumping Blenny is often seen "hopping" across the wet rocky surface near the water's edge.

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Bray, D.J. 2021, Lepidoblennius haplodactylus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 01 Dec 2021, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/1132

Eastern Jumping Blenny, Lepidoblennius haplodactylus Steindachner 1867

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Distribution

Endemic to eastern and south-eastern Australia from about Rockhampton, Queensland, to Western Port, Victoria. Occurs on shallow reefs around exposed algal-covered rocks. The species is common in the intertidal zone, and is often seen at the water's edge at low tide.

Etymology

The specific name haplodactylus is from the Latin haplo- (= simple, single) and dactylus (= finger) in reference tot he unbranched rays in the pectoral fins, anal and caudal fins.

Species Citation

Lepidoblennius haplodactylus Steindachner, 1867, Sitz. Akad. Wissensch. Wien 55(1): 12, pl. 1(1-1A). Type locality: Fitzroy River, Rockhampton, Queensland.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2021

Resources

Atlas of Living Australia

Eastern Jumping Blenny, Lepidoblennius haplodactylus Steindachner 1867

References


Edgar, G.J. 2008. Australian Marine Life: the plants and animals of temperate waters. Sydney : Reed New Holland 2nd edn, 624 pp.

Fricke, R. 1994. Tripterygiid fishes of Australia, New Zealand and the Southwest Pacific Ocean, with descriptions of 2 new genera and 16 species (Teleostei). Theses Zoologicae 24: 1-585 figs 1-130

Gomon, M.F. 2008. Family Tripterygiidae. pp. 684-693 in Gomon. M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.

Griffiths, S.P. 2003. Rockpool ichthyofaunas of temperate Australia: species composition, residency and biogeographic patterns. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 58(1): 173-186, https://doi.org/10.1016/S0272-7714(03)00073-8

Griffiths, S.P. 2003 Spatial and temporal dynamics of temperate Australian rockpool ichthyofaunas. Marine and Freshwater Research 54: 163–176, https://doi.org/10.1071/MF02102 

Griffiths, S.P., Davis, A.R. & West, R.J. 2006. Role of habitat complexity in structuring temperate rockpool ichthyofaunas. Marine Ecology Progress Series 313: 227–239, https://www.jstor.org/stable/24870100

Hutchins, J.B. & Swainston, R. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete field guide for anglers and divers. Perth : Swainston Publishing 180 pp.

Johnson, J.W. 2010. Fishes of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and adjacent continental shelf waters, Queensland, Australia. pp. 299-353 in Davie, P.J.F. & Phillips, J.A. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Marine Biological Workshop, The Marine Fauna and Flora of Moreton Bay. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 54(3)

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp.

Kuiter, R.H. 1994. Families Blenniidae and Tripterygiidae. pp. 728-740 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.

Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. 437 pp.

Macleay, W.J. 1881. Descriptive catalogue of the fishes of Australia. Part 3. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1 6(1): 1-138 pls 1-2 (described from Port Jackson as Lepidoblennius geminatus) See ref at BHL

Paijmans, K.C. & Wong, M.Y.L. 2017. Linking animal contests and community structure using rockpool fishes as a model system. Functional Ecology 31: 1612–1623, https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.12859

Steindachner, F. 1867. Über einige Fische aus dem Fitzroy-Flusse bei Rockhampton in Ost-Australien. Sitzungsberichte der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien 55(1): 9-16.

Williams, J. & Holleman, W. 2014. Lepidoblennius haplodactylus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T179055A1564379. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-3.RLTS.T179055A1564379.en. Downloaded on 15 November 2021.

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37415020

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Feeding:0-5 m

Habitat:Reef associated, tide pools

Max Size:12 cm TL

Native:Endemic

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