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

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 29 May 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/1132

Eastern Jumping Blenny, Lepidoblennius haplodactylus Steindachner 1867

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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.


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.


Bray, D.J. 2021


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Eastern Jumping Blenny, Lepidoblennius haplodactylus Steindachner 1867


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37415020

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Feeding:0-5 m

Habitat:Reef associated, tide pools

Max Size:12 cm TL


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