Redspotted Rockskipper, Blenniella chrysospilos (Bleeker 1857)

Other Names: Goldspotted Rockskipper, Red-spotted Blenny

A Redspotted Rockskipper, Blenniella chrysospilos, at Lady Elliot Island, southern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Source: Geoff Shuetrim / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution

A tan to whitish combtooth blenny with many reddish spots on the head, a series of H-shaped bars along the sides, numerous small pale bluish spots and dashes on the lower sides, and a vertically-elongate dark spot or blotch behind the eye. Females have 8 pairs of narrow reddish to dusky bars on the sides.

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Redspotted Rockskipper, Blenniella chrysospilos (Bleeker 1857)

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Recorded in Australia from Point Quobba (24°29'S) to Rowley Shoals (17°05'S), WA, and from Boot Reef (10°03'S) to Moreton Bay, QLD; also at Cocos (Keeloing) Islands. Occurs elsewhere in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.
Inhabits exposed fringing reefs and shallow reef crests. 

Species Citation

Salarias chrysospilos Bleeker, 1857, Acta Societ. Scient. Indo-Neerland. 2: 66. Type locality: Ambon, Indonesia.


Dianne J. Bray

Redspotted Rockskipper, Blenniella chrysospilos (Bleeker 1857)


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Springer, V.G. & Williams, J.T. 1994. The Indo-west Pacific blenniid fish genus Istiblennius reappraised: a revision of Istiblennius, Blenniella, and Paralticus, new genus. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 565: 1-193 figs 1-73

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37408042

Depth:0-3 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:13.5 cm TL

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