Suckerlip Blenny, Andamia reyi (Sauvage 1880)

Other Names: Lipsucker Blenny, Rey's Lipsucker

A Suckerlip Blenny, Andamia reyi, from Maricaban Island, Batangas, Philippines - USNM 431998. Source: Jeffrey T. Williams / Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Division of Fishes. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike

Unusual slender blennies with a suction disc on the lower lip that allows them to cling to wet rocks out of the water on very exposed shorelines. Suckerlip Blennies are greyish with broad chevron-shaped bars on the sides, a diagonal white line behind the eye, and pale spots along the back.

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Suckerlip Blenny, Andamia reyi (Sauvage 1880)

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Recorded from the Australian territory of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean. Occurs elsewhere in the tropical; east-Indo-west Pacific. Individuals occur in small groups on steep wet rocks exposed to wave action.


Dorsal fin XIV-XV, 19-20; Anal fin II, 23-24; Pectoral fin 15; Pelvic fin I, 4.

Body elongate, depth at anal fin origin 7.8-8.2 in SL; occipital crest present in males; eye tentacle small and branched. Mouth with numerous movable jaw teeth; lips with a crenulated margin, lower lip with a fleshy cup-shaped disc. Dorsal-fin spines with filamentous tips, second spine elongated particularly in males; last anal-fin ray bound to caudal fin by a membrane; caudal-fin rays unbranched.


The three species in the genus Andamia, A. heteroptera, A. reyi and A. tetradactylus, are currently confused taxonomically and distributional limits are u.ncertain (Williams 2014)

Species Citation

Salarias reyi Sauvage, 1880, Bull. Sci., Soc. Philomath. Paris 4: 219. Type locality: Luzon Island, Philippines.


Dianne J. Bray


Australian Faunal Directory

Suckerlip Blenny, Andamia reyi (Sauvage 1880)


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CAAB Code:37408101

Conservation:IUCN Data Deficient

Depth:0-2 m

Habitat:Exposed wet rocks above waterline

Max Size:6.5 cm TL

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