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 - 31 m (Ref. 529), usually 1 - 5 m (Ref. 58302). Tropical; 28°N - 28°S
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 6 - ? cm
Max length : 10.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710)
(total): 11 - 13;
soft rays: 14 - 16;
Vertebrae: 29 - 31. Adults with brown body; red spots or narrow lines on snout and around the eye; iris silvery. No scales. Cirri, supraorbital 4-14, nasal 4-19; nuchal 27-38, in 4 groups, bases of ventralmost groups slightly expanded. Dorsal fin deeply incised above last spine.
Pacific Ocean: Palau to Johnston Islands, Marquesas and Pitcairn Islands, north to the Bonin Islands, south to Rapa; throughout Micronesia.
Inhabit exposed seaward reefs where it usually shelters at bases or among the branches of Pocilloporid corals (Ref. 1602). Benthic (Ref. 58302). Oviparous. 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
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (21 of 100) .