Namiye's Combtooth Blenny, Ecsenius namiyei (Jordan & Evermann 1902)

Other Names: Black Comb-tooth, Namiye's Blenny

Namiye's Combtooth Blenny, Ecsenius namiyei, at Waigeo, Indonesia. Source: David R / License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

A small secretive blenny with a dark brown to charcoal grey body, a pale greyish to yellow tail, and with or without pale lines and spots on the head and body.
Namiye's Combtooth Blenny usually props on corals and sponges, darting in to crevices and holes when disturbed.

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Ecsenius namiyei in Fishes of Australia, accessed 17 Apr 2024,

Namiye's Combtooth Blenny, Ecsenius namiyei (Jordan & Evermann 1902)

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Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical West Pacific: Malaysia and Indonesia east to the Philippines, New Ireland (Papua New Guinea) and the Solomon Islands, north to southern Japan.
Inhabits estuaries to outer reef lagoons at depths to 30 m, although the species is commonly seen on shallow reef flats above 10m.

Species Citation

Salarias namiyei Jordan & Evermann 1902, Proceedings of the United States National Museum 25(1289): 362. Type locality: Hokuto, Taipei City [Hokoto] or Pescadores Islands, Taiwan.


Bray, D.J. 2019


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Namiye's Combtooth Blenny, Ecsenius namiyei (Jordan & Evermann 1902)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37408093

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-30 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm TL

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