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); castaneus: Specific epithet 'castaneus' meaning brown or the color of chestnuts, presumably referring to the color of the holotype in alcohol.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 32 m (Ref. 529). Tropical; 35°N - 35°S
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 4 - ? cm
Max length : 12.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710)
(total): 11 - 13;
soft rays: 14 - 16;
Vertebrae: 29 - 31. Body color variable; head with spots and lines; iris with irregular red ring around outer part of eye, narrow yellow ring around pupil, with black between the rings. Cephalic sensory pore pattern simple; 1 pore behind each nuchal flap. Scales absent. Bright yellow (sometimes red in males) on upper caudal-fin rays. Cirri, nuchal 29-44, nasal 6-49, supraorbital 6-49; nuchal cirri in 4 groups, ventralmost group on each side borne on slightly expanded nuchal flap. Dorsal fin deeply incised above the last spine.
Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea to Tonga, north to southern Japan; south to Lord Howe Island; Palau, Ifaluk, and Kapingamarangi in Micronesia.
Occurs in wave-swept algal ridge (Porolithon ridge) of outer reef flats. Usually found on rocky and coralline substrates at depths less than 10 m. Usually seen in small loose groups spread over sections of reef (Ref. 48636). In the Red Sea, it has been collected as deep as 30 m, 32 m at Rowley Shoals off Western Australia. 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
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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=2.97313 (2.87981 - 3.06644), 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 (24 of 100) .