Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Blenniidae
(Combtooth blennies) > Salariinae
Etymology: Cirripectes: Latin, cirrus = curl fringe + Greek, pektos, -e, -on = made of several parts solidly united (Ref. 45335); fuscoguttatus: Specific epithet 'fuscus' meaning dusky or dark and 'guttatus' meaning spotted, referring to the dark brown spots on head and body.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 8 m (Ref. 529). Tropical; 27°N - 25°S
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 6 - ? cm
Max length : 10.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 529)
soft rays: 14 - 16;
Vertebrae: 30. Diagnosis: Dorsal fin XII, 14, membrane attached to caudal fin, with deep notch above last spine, first spine almost same or slightly higher than second; anal fin II, 15; pectoral rays 15; pelvic fin I, 4; caudal fin procurrent rays 11-14. Vertebrae 10 + 20. LL, without scales and scalelike flaps; LL tubes 0-3 (sometimes up to 5), canal ends below 13th dorsal spine to caudal-fin base. Upper lip crenulae 40-55. Gill rakers 22-32. Cephalic sensory pore system complex. Cirri: supraorbital 18-42 (usually 20-37); nasal 7-32 (usually 11-27); nuchal 47-66 (usually 50-60), in 4 groups with 2 or more sometimes connected basally by a frenum, dorsalmost groups usually meet or overlap at midpoint on nape, ventralmost group on each side borne on broadly expanded flap. Head with dark brown spots on pale background; orangish red iris; yellow pelvic fins; pectoral fins spotted on proximal half. (Ref. 529).
Pacific Ocean: southern Taiwan to Tuamoto Islands, south to Tonga; throughout Micronesia.
Typically found in the surge zone of coral reefs from 0-8 m deep (Ref. 529). Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive (Ref. 205), and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal (Ref. 94114). Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters (Ref. 94114).
Williams, J.T., 1988. Revision and phylogenetic relationships of the blenniid fish genus Cirripectes. Indo-Pac. Fish. (17):78 p.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.0 ±0.00 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (26 of 100) .