Rotund Blenny, Omobranchus rotundiceps (Macleay 1881)

A Rotund Blenny, Omobranchus rotundiceps, at Shelly Beach, Manly, New South Wales. Source: Sylke Rohrlach / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A species of combtooth blenny. The subspecies Omonbranchus rotundiceps rotundiceps is found only in Australia.

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Bray, D.J. 2021, Omobranchus rotundiceps in Fishes of Australia, accessed 22 Feb 2024,

Rotund Blenny, Omobranchus rotundiceps (Macleay 1881)

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Shark Bay, Western Australia, to Sydney, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west-central Pacific. 
Found in coastal, estuarine and rocky habitats. 


Herbivore - feeds on algae.

Species Citation

Petroscirtes rotundiceps Macleay, 1881, Proc. Linn. Soc. N. S. W. 1 6(1): 9. Type locality: Port Jackson, New South Wales.


Bray, D.J. 2021


Australian Faunal Directory

Rotund Blenny, Omobranchus rotundiceps (Macleay 1881)


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De Vis, C.W. 1886. On a lizard and three species of Salarias etc. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 2: 56-60 (as Salarias furtivus)

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Larson, H.K. & Williams, R.S. 1997. Darwin Harbour fishes: a survey and annotated checklist. pp. 339-380 in Hanley, H.R., Caswell, G., Megirian, D. & Larson, H.K. (eds). The Marine Flora and Fauna of Darwin Harbour, Northern Territory, Australia. Proceedings of the Sixth International Marine Biology Workshop. Darwin : Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory 466 pp.

Macleay, W.J. 1881. Descriptive catalogue of the fishes of Australia. Part 3. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1 6(1): 1-138 pls 1-2 (as Petroscirtes fasciolatus)

Ogilby, J.D. 1886. Catalogue of the Fishes of New South Wales, with their principal synonyms. Sydney : Government Printer 67 pp. (as Petroscirtes macleayi)

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Springer, V.G. 1972. Synopsis of the tribe Omobranchini with descriptions of three new genera and two new species (Pisces : Blenniidae). Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 130: 1-31 figs 1-16

Springer, V.G. & Gomon, M.F. 1975. Revision of the blenniid fish genus Omobranchus with descriptions of three new species and notes on other species of the tribe Omobranchini. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 177: 1-135 figs 1-52 PDF available, open access

Whitley, G.P. 1959. Ichthyological snippets. The Australian Zoologist 12(4): 310-323 figs 1-3 (as Graviceps angelus)

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37408064

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:5 cm SL

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