Starry Blenny (Salarias ramosus)

Also known as Coral Blenny, Lawnmower Blenny, Reef Blenny, Rock Blenny, Snowflake Blenny, Starry Lawnmower Blenny

Description

Also known as Coral Blenny, Lawnmower Blenny, Reef Blenny, Rock Blenny, Snowflake Blenny, Starry Lawnmower Blenny.

Found singly or in small schools around coral and rock outcrops as well as rubble and weedy reef margins over shallow sheltered areas of estuaries and coastal reefs.
They feed on filamentous algae, tiny crustaceans and detritus.
Length - 14cm
Depth - 0-15m
Widespread Western Central 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.de/summary/Salarias-ramosus.html

2 comments

  1. Posted by Wordwarrior
    May 24, 2011 at 15:03 pm - 1 person found this useful.

    Really like your photo - my Starry is also a sight to behold. Do you have anything to post - particularly the attitude and territorial expectations - of the Ruby- headed Fairy Wrasse? Thanks very much.

  2. Posted by WordWarrior
    May 23, 2011 at 00:49 am - 1 person found this useful.

    The Starry Blenny gets much bigger than 5 cm - try 5 inches.

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