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Ecsenius frontalis  (Valenciennes, 1836)

Smooth-fin blenny
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Blenniidae (Combtooth blennies) > Salariinae
Etymology: Ecsenius: Greek, exenios, -os, -on = uncontrolled, immoderate.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated.   Tropical

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2272)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 10 - 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 18-21; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 17 - 22; Vertebrae: 34 - 37. Dorsal fin X-XIII (typically XII), 18-21 (rarely 21), spinous and segmented-ray portions continuous. Anal fin II,17-22 (typically 19-21). Pectoral fin 14-16 (typically 15). Segmented caudal-fin rays 13 or 14 (rarely 14). Vertebrae 10 or 11 (rarely 10) + 23-26 (rarely 23) = 34 to 37 (rarely 34). Dentary incisor teeth which includes anterior canines very similar in appearance with incisors, 40-53 (rarely < 44); posterior canines 0 or 1(usually 1) on each side. Lateral line lacking vertical pairs of pores, extending posteriorly to point between verticals from 8th and 12th from anterior most dorsal-fin spine (usually past vertical from 8th). With cirrus on posterior rim of anterior nostril; absent on anterior rim. Body coloration of 3 basic color patterns: uniformly brown, dark-brown or black but pigmentless posterior of dark caudal fin base, or generally brownish with darker stripe along dorsal area.

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Western Indian Ocean: known only from Red Sea, including gulfs of Aqaba and Suez, and the westernmost part of the Gulf of Aden.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Adults are found among corals (Ref. 9710). Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive (Ref. 205), and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal (Ref. 94114). Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters (Ref. 94114).

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Williams, Jeffrey T. | Collaborators

Springer, V.G., 1988. The Indo-Pacific blenniid fish genus Ecsenius. Smithson. Contrib. Zool. (465):134 p.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00575 (0.00235 - 0.01406), b=3.10 (2.89 - 3.31), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  2.0   ±0.00 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (16 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.