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).
Inhabits shallow seaward reefs, from the intertidal zone to 25 m depth (Ref. 9710, 529). 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
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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=0.01050 (0.00490 - 0.02251), b=2.99 (2.81 - 3.17), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245
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 vulnerability (25 of 100) .