Western Jumping Blenny, Lepidoblennius marmoratus (Macleay 1878)

Other Names: Jumping Blenny

A Western Jumping Blenny, Lepidoblennius marmoratus, at Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Source: Rick Stuart-Smith / Reef Life Survey. License: CC BY Attribution

A greyish to greenish-grey triplefin, pale below, with dark vertical lines on the head, rows of fine dark spots on the dorsal, caudal and pectoral fins, and marbling on the back and wavy blotches along the sides.

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Western Jumping Blenny, Lepidoblennius marmoratus (Macleay 1878)

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Endemic to southern Australia from Cape Jarvis and Kangaroo Island, South Australia, to the Swan River, Perth Western Australia. I
nhabits coastal tidepools and rocky intertidal areas. Individuals are occasionally seen completely out of the water, returning to the water with a flip of their tail.


The specific name is from the Latin marmoratus (= marbled, mottled) in reference to the yellowish colour "much mottled with black, particularly on and above the lateral  line".

Species Citation

Tripterygium marmoratum Macleay, 1878, Proc. Linn. Soc. N. S. W. 1 3(1): 34, pl. 3(2). Type locality: King George Sound, WA.


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Western Jumping Blenny, Lepidoblennius marmoratus (Macleay 1878)


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Kuiter, R.H. 1994. Families Blenniidae and Tripterygiidae. pp. 728-740 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs.

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Waite, E.R. 1921. Illustrated catalogue of the fishes of South Australia. Records of the South Australian Museum (Adelaide) 2(1): 1-208 293 figs pl. 1

Williams, J. & Holleman, W. 2014. Lepidoblennius marmoratus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T178947A1551377. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-3.RLTS.T178947A1551377.en. Downloaded on 15 November 2021.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37415021

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-10 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:11 cm TL


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