Molly Miller (Scartella cristata)

Also known as Coral Blenny, Molly Miller Blenny, Reef Blenny, Rock Blenny

Description

Also known as Coral Blenny, Molly Miller Blenny, Reef Blenny, Rock Blenny.

Found singly or in pairs hiding in empty Strombus gigas shells, algae and holes in the coral and rock over shallow rocky areas and tidepools of coastal shorelines.
They feed on filamentous algae and invertebrates.
Length - 12cm
Depth - 0-10m
Widespread Eastern Atlantic, Western Atlantic, Mediterranean, Northwest 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: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/3770

1 comment

  1. Posted by Mark
    January 03, 2017 at 20:32 pm - 1 person found this useful.

    Could this photo (6th in) be Fringelip mullets (Crenimugil crenilabis) as the yellowish pectoral fins and the black spot at the upper base of that fin are features of that species?

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