Animal Species:Horned Blenny, Parablennius intermedius (Ogilby, 1915)
The Horned Blenny has a broad blunt snout, and a multilobed tentacle above both eyes. The species is endemic to Australia.
Standard Common Name
False Tasmanian Blenny
The Horned Blenny has a broad blunt snout, and a multilobed tentacle above both eyes. Its colouration varies from pale to grey-brown. There are yellowish-brown, reddish to black spots on the head and dark blotches on the sides of the body.
The species grows to 12 cm.
The Horned Blenny is endemic to Australia, occurring from northern Queensland to southern New South Wales.
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
It lives in coastal reefs and estuaries where it is commonly seen in small groups, often on jetty pylons.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
- Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology