Animal Species:Seram Blenny, Salarias ceramensis Bleeker, 1852

The Seram Blenny shows considerable variation in colour across its geographic range. The species is usually seen resting on rubble on inshore coral reefs.

Standard Common Name

Seram Blenny

Identification

The Seram Blenny shows considerable variation in colour across its geographic range. The top image shows a fish from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. It is brown with white spots on the body and a series of large dark spots on the upper sides.

Size range

The species grows to 15 cm in length.

Distribution

It occurs in tropical marine waters of the Western Pacific, from the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Guinea and Australia. In Australia it is known from the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.

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.

Salarias ceramensis Ozcam map of Seram Blenny specimens in the Australian Museum.

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Habitat

The Seram Blenny is usually seen resting on rubble on inshore coral reefs. It is found in depths from 1 m to 30 m.

Classification

Species:
ceramensis
Genus:
Salarias
Family:
Blenniidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. 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.
  2. Kuiter, R.H. & T. Tonozuka. 2001. Indonesian Reef Fishes. Zoonetics. Seaford, Victoria. 3 parts, Pp. 900.
  3. Springer, V. G. 2001. Blenniidae. in Carpenter, K.E. & V.H. Niem (Eds). FAO Species Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes. The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. Volume 6. Bony Fishes part 4 (Labridae to Latimeriidae), estuarine crocodiles, sea turtles, sea snakes and marine mammals. FAO, Rome. Pp. iii-v, 3381-4218.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Seram Blenny, Salarias ceramensis, Blenniidae, brown, white, 10 cm - 30 cm, dots/spots, rocky reef, marine, adult,