Brown Sabretooth Blenny, Petroscirtes lupus (De Vis 1886)

Other Names: Brown Sabertooth Blenny, Brown Sabre-tooth, Southern Sabretooth Blenny, Wolf Fangblenny

A Brown Sabretooth Blenny, Petroscirtes lupus, at Clifton Gardens, Sydney Harbour, New South Wales. Source: John Turnbull / Flickr. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike

A variably greyish, brown or greenish blenny with six large dark blotches, white dots and dashes on upper sides, and dark dots below.

Like other species in the genus Petroscirtes, the Brown Sabretooth Blenny has a pair of large fangs in the lower jaw that are not venomous. The Blenny uses its fangs for defense and may bite if handled.

Cite this page as:
Dianne J. Bray, Petroscirtes lupus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 27 May 2024,

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37408073

Behaviour:Males protect the eggs

Depth:0-25 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:13 cm TL

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