Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Blenniidae
(Combtooth blennies) > Salariinae
Etymology: Rhabdoblennius: Greek, rhabdos = stick + Greek, blennios = mucus (Ref. 45335); papuensis: Named for its type locality, Ninigo Islands, part of the territory of Papua New Guinea..
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 1 m (Ref. 76835). Tropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 76835); 3.3 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 11 - 12;
soft rays: 19 - 22. This species is distinguished by the following characters: 18-19 segmented dorsal fin rays;
(19-)20-21(-22) segmented anal fin rays; 3 segmented pelvic fin rays; simple, fusiform supraorbital tentacle, shorter than eye diameter; head with dark pigmentation, with a deep dark area between the central cheeks, the upper orbital rim and the corner of the mouth; dark snout and central three-fifths of the upper lip, other parts light; lower sides of head with dark pigmentation, darkest in the central part of the anterior half; central part of posterior half of lower sides of head with a transversely oval, black blotch, its size about half eye diameter; pelvic fin base black directly behind the opercular membrane; a row of 7 dark, longitudinal, oval blotches with an even darker centre at the sides of body (Ref. 76835).
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Western Pacific: Papua New Guinea.
Adults inhabit reef flats in the intertidal zone and also found in rocky shorelines exposed to strong tide surges (Ref. 90102). 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).
Bath, H., 2004. Revision of the genus Rhabdoblennius Whitley (Pisces: Blenniidae: Salariinae), with descriptions of two new species. Stuttg. Beitr. Naturkd. (A Biol.) 669:1-28. (Ref. 76835)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5312 [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
): 2.3 ±0.0 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .