Tidepool Blenny, Entomacrodus epalzeocheilos (Bleeker 1859)

Other Names: Fringelip Rockskipper, Tidepool Rockskipper, Zebralip Rockskipper

A Tidepool Blenny, Entomacrodus epalzeocheilos, from India, February 1980. Source: John E. Randall / FishBase. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A rockskipper with dusky bands on the body and upper lip, and a pale area behind the eye followed by an irregular dark mark.

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Tidepool Blenny, Entomacrodus epalzeocheilos (Bleeker 1859)

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Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island (eastern Indian Ocean). Elsewhere, the species is widespread in the Indo-west Pacific from East Africa and Madagascar to Samoa.
Inhabits exposed reef flats, rocky and coral surge channels on outer reefs.


Dorsal fin XIII, 14-16; Anal fin II, 15-17. 

Species Citation

Salarias epalzeocheilos Bleeker 1859, Natuurk. Tijdschr. Nederl. Indië 19: 344. Type locality: on northeastern tip of Nusa Kambangan Island, Jawa Tengah Province, Java, Indonesia.


Bray, D.J. 2017

Tidepool Blenny, Entomacrodus epalzeocheilos (Bleeker 1859)


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. 1988. Fishes of Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 197 pp. 

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

Bleeker, P. 1859. Over eenige vischsoorten van de Zuidkust-wateren van Java. Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië 19: 329-352. 

Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press 707 pp.

Springer, V.G. 1967. Revision of the circumtropical shore-fish genus Entomacrodus (Blenniidae : Salariinae). Proceedings of the United States National Museum 122(3582): 1-150 https://dx.doi.org/10.5479/si.00963801.122-3582.1 Open access

Springer, V.G. 1972. Additions to revisions of the blenniid fish genera Ecsenius and Entomacrodus, with descriptions of three new species of Ecsenius. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 134: 1-13.

Watson, W. 2009. Larval development in blennies. pp. 309-350. In Patzner, R.A., E.J. Gonçalves, P.A. Hastings & B.G. Kapoor (eds) The biology of blennies. Science Publishers, Enfield, NH, USA. 482 pp.

Williams, J.T. 2014. Entomacrodus epalzeocheilos. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T48342383A48396029. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-3.RLTS.T48342383A48396029.en. Downloaded on 15 January 2017.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37408106

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-7 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:11 cm SL

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