Banded Blenny, Salarias fasciatus (Bloch 1786)

Other Names: Banded Jewelled-Blenny, Barred Blenny, Jewelled Blenny, Lawnmower Blenny, Lineated Blenny, Lined Blenny, Painted Blenny

A Banded Blenny, Salarias fasciatus, in Komodo National Park, Indonesia, August 2015. Source: Mark Rosenstein / License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A large greenish to brown blenny with a complex pattern of mottled greyish and black spots and patches over the body.

Video of a Banded Blenny (aka Lawnmower Blenny) in an aquarium.

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Banded Blenny, Salarias fasciatus (Bloch 1786)

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Shark Bay, Western Australia, to Cartier Island, Timor Sea, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to South West Rocks, New South Wales; also the Lord Howe Island Province in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.
Inhabits coral platforms, usually resting or feeding amongst dead branching corals. 


Detritivore - feeds by combing organic matter from turf algae on top of reef bommies.


Bray, D.J. 2021


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Banded Blenny, Salarias fasciatus (Bloch 1786)


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Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls. 

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Bloch, M.E. 1786. Naturgeschichte der ausländischen Fische. Berlin : J. Morino Vol. 2 160 pp. pls 145-180. 

Castelnau, F.L. de 1875. Researches on the fishes of Australia. Intercolonial Exhibition Essays. 2. pp. 1–52 in, Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition of 1876 : Official Record. Melbourne. (described as Blennius pardalis) See ref online

Cuvier, G.L. 1816. Le Règne Animal, distribué d'après son organisation, pour servir de base a l'histoire naturelle des animaux et d'introduction a l'anatomie comparée. Les reptiles et les poisons. Paris : Déterville Vol. 2 pp. 104-351. (described as Salarias quadripennis)

De Vis, C.W. 1884. Fishes from South Sea islands. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1 8(4): 445-457 (described as Salarias griseus)

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Gill, A.C. & Reader, S.E. 1992. Fishes. pp. 90-93, 193-228 in Hutchings, P. (ed.). Reef Biology. A Survey of Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs, South Pacific. Canberra : Australian National Parks Vol. 3, Kowari 230 pp. 

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CAAB Code:37408079

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-8 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:14 cm TL

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