Spotted Eel Blenny, Notograptus guttatus Günther 1867

Other Names: Spotted Eel-blenny, Spotted Snake-blenny

A Spotted Eel Blenny, Notograptus guttatus, from Channel Island, Darwin, Northern Territory, October 2020. Source: Nick Volpe / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A small pale brown to reddish-brown eel blenny covered in small dark spots or ocelli that are larger on the head. Juveniles are whitish with a broad brown stripe along the side, a brown stripe on top of the head, and an orange bar through the eye. The species has long-based dorsal and anal fins, and a large mouth.

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Spotted Eel Blenny, Notograptus guttatus Günther 1867

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Ningaloo Reef and Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia, also Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea, to Shoalwater Bay, Queensland, including reefs in the Coral Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in West Papua and the Moluccas, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Inhabits crevices and rubble areas on inshore reefs, including tide pools.


Feeds on crustaceans, including alpheid shrimps, which are swallowed whole.


The eggs are laid in a nest and are guarded by the male parent.


The specific name is from the Latin guttatus (= spotted, speckled), in reference to the spotted coloration of this species. 

Species Citation

Notograptus guttatus Günther 1867, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 3 20(8): 64. Type locality: Cape York, Queensland.


Bray, D.J. 2024


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Spotted Eel Blenny, Notograptus guttatus Günther 1867


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. 

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls. 

Castelnau, F.L. de 1875. Researches on the fishes of Australia. Intercolonial Exhibition Essays. 2. pp. 1–52 in, Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition of 1876 : Official Record. Melbourne. (described as Blanchardia maculata, type locality Queensland) See ref online

Gill, A.C. & Mooi, R.D. 1993. Monophyly of the Grammatidae and of the Notograptidae, with evidence for their phylogenetic positions among perciforms. Bulletin of Marine Science 52(1): 327-350 figs 1-15 See ref online

Günther, A. 1867. Additions to the knowledge of Australian reptiles and fishes. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 3 20(8): 45-68 See Ref at BHL

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Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293

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Mooi, R.D. & Gill, A.C. 2004. Notograptidae, sister to Acanthoplesiops Regan (Teleostei: Plesiopidae: Acanthoclininae), with comments on biogeography, diet and morphological convergence with Congrogadinae (Teleostei: Pseudochromidae). Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Zoology 141: 179-205,

Munro, I.S.R. 1967. The Fishes of New Guinea. Port Moresby : Dept. Agric. Stock Fish. 651 pp. 23 figs 84 pls. 

Tyler, J.C. & Smith, C.L. 1970. A new species of blennioid fish of the family Notograptidae from eastern Australia. Notulae Naturae, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 431: 1-12 figs 1-3 (described as Notograptus kauffmani, type locality Little Hope Island, about 5 miles off the coast of northern Queensland, Australia, depth 0-2 feet)

Whitley, G.P. 1931. Studies in Ichthyology No. 4. Records of the Australian Museum 18(3): 96-133 figs 1-2 pls 11-16 (described as Notograptus livingstonei, type locality Broome, Western Australia) 

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37412001

Depth:0-17 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:11 cm SL

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