Spotted Eel Blenny, Notograptus guttatus Günther 1867

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

Illustration of a Spotted Eel Blenny, Notograptus guttatus. Source: Allan R. McCulloch, Pl. XXIX, in McCulloch (1918) Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, Vol 6. License: Public Domain

A small reddish-brown eel-like fish covered in many small dark spots that are larger on the head. The Spotted Eel Blenny has a very large mouth, and a long-based dorsal fin.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Notograptus guttatus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 11 Dec 2023,

Spotted Eel Blenny, Notograptus guttatus Günther 1867

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Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, to Shoalwater Bay, Queensland; also in New Guinea. Inhabits crevices and rubble areas on inshore reefs, including tide pools.


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

Species Citation

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


Bray, D.J. 2017


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Spotted Eel Blenny, Notograptus guttatus Günther 1867


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CAAB Code:37412001

Depth:0-17 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:11 cm SL

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