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); obscurus: Specific epithet 'obscurus' meaning dark, refers to the dark coloration of the fish.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 6 m (Ref. 9710). Tropical; 30°N - 20°N
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 11 - ? cm
Max length : 20.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3921)
(total): 11 - 12;
soft rays: 16 - 17;
Vertebrae: 31 - 33. Head spotted; behind each eye are pupil-sized dark spots; iris yellowish in females, orange in males. No scales. Lateral line with small scale-like flaps on the anterior part; lateral line tubes 0-8, the last on caudal fin base. Cirri, supraorbital 10-26, nasal 14-42; nuchal 36-47, grouped into 2 that sometimes overlap at midpoint on nape, without nuchal flaps. Dorsal fin deeply incised above last spine. Lower lip crenulate mesially but plicate laterally.
Eastern Central Pacific: native to the Hawaiian Islands (Ref. 3921) and Midway Islands (Ref. 28618).
Occur in the surge zone of rocky and coral reefs (Ref. 9710, 58302). Benthic (Ref. 58302). Oviparous (Ref. 205). Eggs are demersal and adhesive (Ref. 205).
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)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
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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].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01107 (-0.15957 - 0.18170), b=2.97 (2.88 - 3.07), based on LWR estimates for this family-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.0 ±0.00 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (30 of 100) .