Leopard Blenny, Exallias brevis (Kner 1868)

Other Names: Pink-spotted Blenny, Shortbodied Blenny

A Leopard Blenny, Exallias brevis, at North Solitary Island, New South Wales, February 2017. Source: Ian Shaw / iNaturalist.org. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A colourful spotted blenny with a fringe of cirri across the neck, and a branched tentacle above each eye. Females and juveniles are covered in brown spots, whereas male have brown spots on the head and reddish spots elsewhere. Males also have reddish dorsal and caudal fins.

Video of a Leopard Blenny. This species feeds only on live corals - leaving behind distinctive circular white scars on the coral.

Cite this page as:
Dianne J. Bray, Exallias brevis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 16 Apr 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/1911

Leopard Blenny, Exallias brevis (Kner 1868)

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Widespread in the Indo-west-central Pacific, from the Red Sea to Hawaii. The Leopard Blenny inhabits coral reefs, and feeds on a range of coral species.

Species Citation

Salarias brevis Kner, 1868, Sitzungsber. Akad. Wissensch. Wien 58(1–2): 29.  Type locality: Savai'i [Savay] Island, Schiffer Islands, Western Samoa.


Dianne J. Bray

Leopard Blenny, Exallias brevis (Kner 1868)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37408039

Depth:3-20 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:14.5 cm TL

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