Home|Search|Identify|Taxonomic tree|Quiz|About this site|Feedback
Developed by ETI BioInformatics
Characteristics, distribution and ecology
Taxonomische classification
Synonyms and common names
Literature references
Images, audio and video
Links to other Web sites

Blenniidae

by C. D. Zander

Small fishes, the majority less than 10 cm TL. Skin slimy without scales. One long, continuous dorsal fin with spiny and soft rays and 1 long anal fin with 1-2 spines and 15-26 rays. Pelvics jugular, 3-5 rays, forked into two parts.
Worldwide, most species in Indo-Pacific area; inhabit littoral zone on hard bottoms including coral reefs, some in brackish or freshwaters, some intertidal or even semi-terrestrial; only rarely pelagic. Oviparous, male guards eggs. Highly developed social and spawning behaviour.

Genera 44-53; in Clofnam area 7, 1 (Blennius) belonging to the tribe Blenniini, 6 to the tribe Parablenniini.

Blennies (Family Blenniidae)