Palespotted Combtooth Blenny, Ecsenius yaeyamaensis (Aoyagi 1954)

Other Names: Coral Blenny, Pale-spotted Comb-tooth, Pale-spotted Combtooth-Blenny, Yaeyama Clown Blenny

A Palespotted Combtooth Blenny, Ecsenius yaeyamaensis, in the Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua, Indonesia. Source: Paddy Ryan / License: All rights reserved

A semi-translucent pale greyish blenny with a black ‘chinstrap’ and a black V-shaped mark on the pectoral-fin base, black dashes behind the eye and white spots on the body.

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Palespotted Combtooth Blenny, Ecsenius yaeyamaensis (Aoyagi 1954)

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Dirk Hartog Island, Western Australia, to Gove, Northern Territory; also Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea. Elsewhere the species is widespread and locally abundant in the tropical east-Indo-west Pacific - from Sri Lanka to Vanuatu, north to Taiwan and the Yaeyama Islands, Japan, south to Shark Bay, and Belau in Micronesia.
Inhabits shallow coastal reefs, perching on boulders and live coral heads in areas of rich coral growth.

Similar Species

The similar Ecsenius stictus differs in having faint dark dashes behind the eye and rows of fine black spots on the rear half of the body.

Species Citation

Salarias yaeyamaensis Aoyagi 1954, Zool. Mag., Tokyo 63(5): 213, fig. 2. Type locality: Iriomote Island, Ryu-Kyu Islands, Japan.


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Palespotted Combtooth Blenny, Ecsenius yaeyamaensis (Aoyagi 1954)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37408033

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-21 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:6 cm TL

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