Eared Blenny (Cirripectes auritus)

Also known as Black-eared Eyelash Blenny, Blackflap Blenny, Blackspot Eyelash Blenny, Coral Blenny, Earmuff Blenny, Earspot Blenny, Eyelash Blenny, Reef Blenny, Rock Blenny

Description

Also known as Black-eared Eyelash Blenny, Blackflap Blenny, Blackspot Eyelash Blenny, Coral Blenny, Earmuff Blenny, Earspot Blenny, Eyelash Blenny, Reef Blenny, Rock Blenny.

Found singly resting on coral, rock and sandy bottoms close to shelter over protected clear water seaward and outer reefs rich in algae and coral growth.
They feed on filamentous algae and detritus.
Length - 7cm
Depth - 0-20m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

Coombtooth Blennies are the largest of bennies, found in both tropical and subtropical waters and freshwater habitats, as the name suggests they have comb like teeth lining their jaws.
Reef and rock blennies are usually territorial and have their own areas of rock pools which they skip and jump over, scraping algae from the surface of dead corals. Some male blennies have small harems of arguing females.
Males and females often have different colouring and features. Ref: http://www.fishbase.org/summary/Cirripectes-auritus.html

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