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).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 25 m (Ref. 529). Tropical; 30°N - 30°S
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 5 - ? cm
Max length : 8.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 529)
(total): 11 - 12;
soft rays: 14 - 16;
Vertebrae: 30 - 31. Diagnosis: Dorsal fin XII, 14, membrane attached to caudal fin, entire, first spine more or less the same height as second; anal fin II, 15; pectoral rays 15; pelvic fin I, 3; caudal fin procurrent rays 10-12. Vertebrae 10 + 20. LL, without scales and scalelike flaps; LL tubes 0-3, canal ends below dorsal ray 5-11. Lower lip smooth mesially, plicate laterally. Upper lip crenulae 36-48. Gill rakers 23-28. Cephalic sensory pore system simple. Midsnout pores present. Cirri, supraorbital 6-23, nasal 5-25; nuchal cirri 30 to 46, divided into 3-4 groups, 3-group resulting from fusion of bases of dorsalmost groups at apex of nape, 4-group condition has dorsalmost groups meeting or overlapping. Body depth at anal-fin origin 3.2-3.5 in SL. Pectoral with 5 ventralmost rays red-tipped; iris with yellow-colored oval, oriented almost vertically, centered around pupil, rest of iris silvery white. Female head and body grey to yellowish brown with spots red becoming dark brown posteriorly; with pale diagonal stripe from upper lip to nape, across orbit; pectoral fins brown. Male unspotted, bicolored yellow anteriorly and reddish brown posteriorly; pectoral fins yellow (Ref. 529, 90102, 37816).
Indo-Pacific: Kenya to Taiwan and Kiribati; Palau, Yap, and Ifaluk in Micronesia. Likely to occur in Seychelles (Ref. 1623).
Adults inhabit shallow seaward reefs, from the intertidal zone to 25 m depth (Ref. 9710, 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. (Ref. 529)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01096 (0.00514 - 0.02340), b=3.03 (2.85 - 3.21), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.0 ±0.00 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (22 of 100) .