Lepidoblennius haplodactylus Click to enlarge image
An Eastern Jumping Blenny in a shallow rockpool, Port Kembla, New South Wales, June 2005. Image: S. Schulz
© S. Schulz

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    haplodactylus
    Genus
    Lepidoblennius
    Family
    Tripterygiidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    It grows to 12 cm in length.

Introduction

The Eastern Jumping Blenny has a three separate dorsal fins and large pectoral fins. It is endemic to Australia.

Identification

The Eastern Jumping Blenny has a slightly compressed body and a scaleless head with a steep snout profile. It has three separate dorsal fins, a long-based anal fin and large pectoral fins.

The species is usually grey to greenish-yellow above and pale below. It often has dark saddles across the back and small pale spots.

Habitat

It is usually found on inshore rocky reefs and tidepools.

Distribution

The Eastern Jumping Blenny is endemic to Australia. It occurs in temperate marine waters from the central coast of Queensland to southern Victoria.

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.



Other behaviours and adaptations

The standard name refers to the fact that the Eastern Jumping Blenny is sometimes seen skipping across rocks close to the water’s edge.

References

  1. Fricke, R. 1994. Tripterygiid fishes of Australia, New Zealand and the Southwest Pacific Ocean, with descriptions of 2 new genera and 16 species (Teleostei). Theses Zoologicae. 24: 1–585 figs 1–130.
  2. Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
  3. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437. (as Jumping Joey).