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); stigmaticus: From the Greek word 'stigma' meaninf spot or mark, referring to the body markings.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 20 m (Ref. 529). Tropical; 15°N - 30°S
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 5 - ? cm
Max length : 13.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710)
(total): 11 - 13;
soft rays: 15 - 17;
Vertebrae: 30 - 32. Head and body reticulated; iris with yellow-ringed pupil. No scales. Cirri, supraorbital 7-22, nasal 8-29; nuchal 34-47, in 4 groups, ventralmost group borne on slightly expanded nuchal flap on each side. Dorsal fin deeply incised above last spine. Cephalic pore system simple; no pores at extra interorbital position; a pore present behind nuchal flap on each side. Large individuals are dark green to black with red spots on the head and red spots to vertical streaks on the sides (Ref. 1602).
Indo-Pacific: Kenya south to Mozambique and throughout the Indian Ocean and western central Pacific to the Marshall and Samoan islands.
Found in coastal reef flats with rich coral and algae habitats, usually in very shallow depths of a few meters (Ref. 48636); also on rocky and coralline structures; among Acropora and Pocillopora corals of surf-swept algal ridge. 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; aquarium: commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
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=0.01231 (-0.09513 - 0.11976), b=2.96565 (2.89499 - 3.03632), based on LWR estimates for species & 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) .