Animal Species:Australian Combtooth Blenny, Ecsenius australianus Springer, 1988
The Australian Combtooth Blenny is a small fish that lives in shallow tropical waters. It has a red-brown body with two rows of white spots.
Standard Common Name
Australian Combtooth Blenny
Australian Blenny, Pale-spotted Coral Blenny
The Australian Combtooth Blenny can be recognised by its colouration. The upper two thirds of the body is red-brown with two rows of white spots. The lower third is white. There is a white-edged red-brown stripe through the eyes extending to the rear of the operculum.
The species grows to 6 cm in length.
It occurs in tropical marine waters of the Western Pacific. In Australia it is known from the northern Great Barrier Reef and the islands of the Coral Sea.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
- Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
Tags fishes, ichthyology, Australian Blenny, Ecsenius australianus, Blenniidae, Australian Combtooth Blenny, brown, white, yellow, odd-shaped, long and skinny, < 10 cm, dots/spots, coral reef, marine, adult,