Eared Blenny, Cirripectes auritus Carlson 1981

Other Names: Blackflap Blenny

An Eared Blenny, Cirripectes auritus, in North Sumatra, Indonesia, 2009. Source: Gaetan White / FishBase. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

A creamish, pink or brown blenny, sometimes with small dark spots scattered on the body and dorsal fin, and a blackish flap on each side of the nape. In the Australian region, the Eared Blenny has only been recorded at the Australian Territory of Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Cirripectes auritus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 22 Feb 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/5425

Eared Blenny, Cirripectes auritus Carlson 1981

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Recorded from the Australian Territory of Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Indo-West Pacific, from Africa, the Andaman Sea, Philippines and Indonesia. Inhabits shallow protected reefs with rich coral and algae growth, usually at depths above about 10 m, although may occur deeper.


Dorsal fin XII, 15-18; Anal fin II, 16-18; Pectoral fin 14-15; Pelvic fin I, 4.  
Body short, deep; nape with single weakly fringed flap on each side, and up to 10 widely spaced, simple cirri between flaps; 3-4 simple cirri on nostril and eye. Posterior dentary canine present.


The specific name auritus is from Latin meaning eared, in refernce to the enlarged nuchal flaps.

Species Citation

Cirripectes auritus Carlson 1981, Pacific Science 34(4) (for 1980); 408, Figs. 1-2, 3c. Type locality: English Harbor, Tabuaeran [= Fanning Island], Line Islands, central Pacific, depth 5 m.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Eared Blenny, Cirripectes auritus Carlson 1981


@hix 2018 iNaturalist.org 2018 https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9272666 Accessed 12 March

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

Carlson, B.A. 1981. A new Indo-Pacific fish of the genus Cirripectes (Blenniidae, Salariini). Pacific Science 34(4): 407-414.

Williams, J.T. 1988. Revision and phylogenetic relationships of the blenniid fish genus Cirripectes. Indo-Pacific Fishes 17: 78.

Williams, J.T. 2014. Cirripectes auritus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T48342105A48364858. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-3.RLTS.T48342105A48364858.en. Downloaded on 02 April 2018.

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Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-20 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:9 cm TL

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