Bluedash Rockskipper, Blenniella paula (Bryan & Herre 1903)

Other Names: Blue-dashed Rockskipper

A Bluedash Rockskipper, Blenniella paula, at Moorea, Society Islands, Frrench Polynesia. Source: zsispeo / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

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Bluedash Rockskipper, Blenniella paula (Bryan & Herre 1903)

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Northern Great Barrier Reef to Moreton Bay, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea to Moreton Bay, Queensland, and the Lord Howe Island region in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the west-central Pacific: southern Sulawesi; Palau to Marquesan and Ducie islands, north to Marcus Islands, south to Great Barrier Reef, and throughout Micronesia.Inhabits exposed outer intertidal reef flats with numerous crevices and holes.


Dorsal fin XII-XIV, 18-21; Anal fin II, 20-21; Pectoral fin 13-15; Pelvic fin I, 3; Caudal fin, procurrent rays 7, segmented rays 13; Vertebrae 12 + 25-27. 
Dorsal fin notched between spinous and segmented-ray portions. Orbital cirrus simple and slender, may have a short lateral branch, less often up to 4 branches; nasal cirri short and palmate, may rarely have more than 6 branches; nuchal cirri simple and slender, may have a single branch or a ragged edge. Mandibular pores 6. Dorsal lips margin entire, ventral margin crenulated. Occipital crest absent, but large males have a low thin ridge (less than 1.8 mm); no crest or ridge in females.


Omnivore - feeds on filamentous algae and associated minute invertebrates (including foraminiferans, ostracods, copepods, and gastropod molluscs).

Species Citation

Salarias paulus Bryan & Herre, 1903, Occ. Pap. Bernice P. Bishop Mus. 2(1): 136. Type locality: Marcus Island.


Bray, D.J. 2016


Australian Faunal Directory

Bluedash Rockskipper, Blenniella paula (Bryan & Herre 1903)


Bryan, W.A. & Herre, A.W.C.T. 1903. Annotated list of the Marcus Island Fishes. Occasional Papers of the Bernice P. Bishop Museum 2(1): 126-139 

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) 

Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. A comprehensive guide to the coral reef fishes of Micronesia. Guam : Coral Graphics vi 330 pp. 192 pls. 

Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press 707 pp.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs.

Springer, V.G. 2001. Blenniidae. pp. 3538-3546 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds) The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218.

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: 193.

Williams, J.T. 2014. Blenniella paula. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T48342126A48382404. Downloaded on 21 November 2016.

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CAAB Code:37408048

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-3 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:13 cm SL

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