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); vanderbilti: Named for M. George Vanderbilt.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 1 - 10 m (Ref. 529). Tropical; 25°N - 15°N
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 4 - ? cm
Max length : 10.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 529)
soft rays: 15 - 16;
Vertebrae: 30 - 31. Brown body; head with spots and streaks; black iris with yellow-ringed pupil and an outer bright reddish orange ring. No scales. Cirri, supraorbital 9-22, nasal 7-23; nuchal 31-42, in 2 groups with ventralmost cirri borne on small nuchal flap. Dorsal fin deeply incised above last spine. Lower lip smooth.
Eastern Central Pacific: Hawaiian and Johnston islands. Has been confused with the closely related species Cirripectes variolosus (Ref. 583).
Benthic in coral and rock (Ref. 58302). The most common blenny on shallow reefs. Feed on benthic algae and detritus (Ref. 3921). 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
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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 (25 of 100) .