Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Blenniidae
(Combtooth blennies) > Blenniinae
Etymology: Omobranchus: Greek, omo = shoulder + Greek, brangchia = gill (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; brackish; benthopelagic. Tropical; 35°N - 37°S, 20°E - 178°W
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4404); max. reported age: 4 years (Ref. 11441)
(total): 11 - 13;
soft rays: 20 - 26. Head without cirri and crest. Lower end of gill opening opposite upper margin of pectoral fin. Sensory pores in infraorbital and interorbital canals mostly 8 and 3 respectively. Lateral line usually 7 to 11. Horizontal stripes on body distinct in male, but somewhat obscure in female.
Indo-Pacific: Persian Gulf to Fiji and north to Japan. Known from Delagoa Bay, Mozambique and Suez Canal on the African coast. Western Atlantic: introduced at Trinidad and Panama Canal near Atlantic end (Ref. 26938).
Adults occur in coastal and brackish waters among rocks and mangroves (Ref. 9710). 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). Highly tolerant to adverse environmental conditions, self-reproducing population living between rocks in natural oil seeps in Venezuela (Ref. 56126).
Springer, V.G., 1986. Blenniidae. p. 742-755. In M.M. Smith and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Smiths' sea fishes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. (Ref. 4404)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.5 ±0.1 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (tmax=4).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (24 of 100) .