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Aspidontus tractus  Fowler, 1903

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Blenniidae (Combtooth blennies) > Blenniinae
Etymology: Aspidontus: Greek, aspis, -idos = shield + Latin, dens, dentis = teeth (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Fowler.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated.   Tropical

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4404)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 10 - 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 26-28; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 25 - 28

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Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea south to Durban Bay, South Africa. Replaced by Aspidontus taeniatus taeniatus on the west coast of Australia.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Exact mimic of Labroides dimidiatus, the cleaner wrasse and feeds on the fins of fish that mistake it for the cleaner wrasse. 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).

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Williams, Jeffrey T. | Collaborators

Springer, V.G., 1986. Blenniidae. p. 742-755. In M.M. Smith and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Smiths' sea fishes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.6250   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01514 (0.00619 - 0.03699), b=2.93 (2.71 - 3.15), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  2.9   ±0.2 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (21 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.