Gilbert's Blenny, Cirripectes gilberti Williams 1988

A female Gilbert's Blenny, Cirripectes gilberti, from Chagos Island, Indian Ocean. Source: Rick Winterbottom / FishWise Professional. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

Males are brown, while females are greyish-brown with red spots.

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Gilbert's Blenny, Cirripectes gilberti Williams 1988

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Australian territories of Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the eastern Indian Ocean. Eslewhere the species occurs in the Indian Ocean from South Africa in the west, to the Comoro Islands, Agalega Islands, Seychelles, Chagos Archipelago, Cocos-Keeling Islands, Christmas Island, and east to the northern tip of Sumatra.
Inhabits shallow rocky and coral reefs at depths to 8 m, commonly in the surge zone.


Dorsal fin XII, 14; Anal fin II, 15; Pectoral fin 15. Pelvic fin I, 4; Caudal fin procurrent rays 11-14;Vertebrae 10+20= 30; Lateral lin tubes 0-5; Gill rakers 24-30; Cirri, nuchal 50-64, supraorbital 17-48, nasal 11-37.  
Body depth at anal-fin origin 3.0-3.8 in SL. Dorsal fin membrane attached to caudal fin, with deep notch above last spine, first spine almost same or slightly higher than second. Lateral line without scales and scalelike flaps, canal ends below posterior to 9th dorsal ray, usually on caudal-fin base.  Lower lip smooth mesially, plicate laterally. Upper lip crenulae 36-48. Cephalic sensory pore system complex.Nuchal cirri in 4 groups, where 2 or 3 groups are occasionally connected basally by a slightly notched frenum, usually dorsa-lmost groups overlap at middle of nape, ventral-most group on each side on expanded nuchal flaps. 

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The species is named gilberti after Dr. Carter R. Gilbert, formerly of Florida State Museum.


The species is named gilberti after Dr. Carter R. Gilbert (FSM).

Species Citation

Cirripectes gilberti Williams 1988, Indo-Pacific Fishes 17: 41, pl. 3. Type locality: off Achen Head, Sumatra, Pulo Boenta, Indonesia [5°33'10"N, 95°9'30"E]. 


Australian Faunal Directory

Gilbert's Blenny, Cirripectes gilberti Williams 1988


Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp. 
Allen, G.R. & Smith-Vaniz, W.F. 1994. Fishes of Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Atoll Research Bulletin 412: 1-21 

Allen, G.R., Steene, R.C. & Orchard, M. 2007. Fishes of Christmas Island. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 2 edn, 284 pp.

Williams, J.T. 1988. Revision and phylogenetic relationships of the blenniid fish genus Cirripectes. Indo-Pacific Fishes 17: 1-78 figs 1-21 col. pls 1-7
Williams, J.T. 2014. Cirripectes gilberti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T48342182A48344636. Downloaded on 31 January 2019.

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CAAB Code:37408103

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-8 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm SL

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