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Blenniella paula (Bryan & Herre, 1903)

Bluedash rockskipper
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Pitcairn country information

Common names: [No common name]
Occurrence: native
Salinity: marine
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Uses: no uses
Comments: Museum: Ducie Is., BPBM 17128. Also in Ref. 41650.
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Main Ref: Springer, V.G. and J.T. Williams, 1994
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Blenniiformes (Blennies) > Blenniidae (Combtooth blennies) > Salariinae
Etymology: Blenniella: Diminutive of blennius, Greek,blenios = mucus (Ref. 45335).  More on authors: Bryan & Herre.

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 3 m (Ref. 86942).   Tropical

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri

Western Pacific: southern Sulawesi; Palau to Marquesan and Ducie islands, north to Marcus Islands, south to Great Barrier Reef; throughout Micronesia; replaced by Blenniella periophthalmus in the Indian Ocean and southeast Asia from Ryukyus through Solomons to Santa Cruz Islands (Ref. 37816).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9962); 13.1 cm SL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 12 - 14; Dorsal soft rays (total): 18-21; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 20 - 21; Vertebrae: 37 - 39. Diagnosis: Dorsal fin XII-XIV, 18-21, notched between spinous and segmented-ray portions; anal fin II, 20-21; pectoral rays 13-15 (usually 14); pelvic fin I, 3; caudal fin, procurrent rays 7, segmented rays 13. Vertebrae 12 + 25-27. Orbital cirrus simple and slender, may have a short lateral branch, less often up to 4 branches; nasal cirri short and palmate, may rarely have more than 6 branches; nuchal cirri simple and slender, may have a single branch or a ragged edge. Mandibular pores 6. Dorsal lips margin entire, ventral margin crenulated. Occipital crest absent, but large males have a low thin ridge (less than 1.8 mm); no crest or ridge in females (Ref. 9962).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Adults are common on exposed outer intertidal reef flats, in areas with numerous cracks and holes. They feed on filamentous algae and associated minute invertebrates, e.g., foraminiferans, ostracods, copepods, and gastropods (Ref. 37816). 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).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Oviparous, distinct pairing (Ref. 205).

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

Springer, V.G. and J.T. Williams, 1994. The Indo-West Pacific blenniid fish genus Istiblennius reappraised: a revision of Istiblennius, Blenniella, and Paralticus, new genus. Smithson. Contrib. Zool. 565:1-193. (Ref. 9962)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)

  Least Concern (LC) ; Date assessed: 24 March 2009

CITES (Ref. 123416)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 24.7 - 29.4, mean 28.1 (based on 1052 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5020   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00759 (0.00343 - 0.01679), b=3.03 (2.84 - 3.22), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245).
Trophic level (Ref. 69278):  3.1   ±0.40 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .