Horned Blenny, Parablennius intermedius (Ogilby 1915)

Other Names: False Tasmanian Blenny

A Horned Blenny, Parablennius intermedius, in Chowder Bay, Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, 23 April 2016. Source: John Turnbull / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A pale greyish to greyish-brown blenny with yellowish-brown, reddish to black spots on the head and dark blotches along  the sides. Horned blennies have a broad blunt snout, and a multilobed tentacle above both eyes. 

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Parablennius intermedius in Fishes of Australia, accessed 30 Nov 2020,

Horned Blenny, Parablennius intermedius (Ogilby 1915)

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Recorded from Darnley Island, QLD to Bermagui, southern NSW. The species occurs elsewhere in New Caledonia and the Solomon Islands. Inhabits estuaries and coastal bays, often on jetty pylons.

Species Citation

Blennius intermedius Ogilby, 1915, Mem. Qld Mus. 3: 127. Type locality: Darnley Island, Torres Strait, QLD. 


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Horned Blenny, Parablennius intermedius (Ogilby 1915)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37408067

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:to 10 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:12 cm TL

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