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Family Blenniidae

Blennies

Blennies are common inhabitant of tidepools and reefs.  They have elongate bodies with long dorsal and anal fins, blunt foreheads, and small paired pelvic fins.  Most are herbivorous, with comb-like teeth to graze seaweed, while fang blennies with large incisors feed by taking chunks of flesh from the unwary.  Many species are small, shy, or inhabit the surf zone.

 

HAWAII

 

Blenniella gibbifrons

BULLETHEAD ROCKSKIPPER

 

Entomacrodus strasburgi 

STRASBURG'S BLENNY

 

Entomacrodus marmoratus

MARBLED BLENNY

 

Istiblennius zebra 

ZEBRA BLENNY

 

Omobranchus obliquus

MANGROVE BLENNY

 

Exallias brevis

SHORTBODIED BLENNY, Male

 

Cirripectes vanderbilti   

SCARFACE BLENNY

 

Cirripectes obscurus   

GARGANTUAN BLENNY, Female

 

Plagiotremus ewaensis

EWA FANGBLENNY

 

Plagiotremus goslinei 

GOSLINE'S FANGBLENNY

 


INDO-PACIFIC

Ecsenius trilineatus

THREE-LINED BLENNY

 

Ecsenius pictus

WHITELINED BLENNY

 

Ecsenius midas

MIDAS BLENNY

 

Plagiotremus rhinorhynchos

 

BLUESTRIPED FANGBLENNY

Plagiotremus tapeinosoma

 

PIANO FANGBLENNY


JAPAN


TROPICAL EASTERN PACIFIC

Hypsoblennius gentilis

BAY BLENNY

 

Plagiotremus azaleus

PANAMIC FANGBLENNY