Ecsenius lineatus Klausewitz, 1962
Linear blenny
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Blenniidae (Combtooth blennies), subfamily: Salariinae
Max. size:  9 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 1 - 28 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Yemen (Ref. 54476) to northwest Australia, Philippines and Japan.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 12-12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 17-18; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 19-20. Anterior nostril with a long cirrus on posterior margin only. A longitudinal dark stripe on body often interrupted in larger specimens. In some populations, the black lateral stripe is sometimes present as a series of blotches (not observed in Indonesia) (Ref. 48636).
Biology:  Adults inhabit shallow clear coastal to outer reef crests with rich coral growth to about 15 m depth (Ref. 48636, 9710). Often collected at depths less than 1 m in the northernmost parts of its range, but may occur more deeply (to 28 m) further south, and rarely more shallow than 5 m (Ref. 5296). 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).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 25 March 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 05.03.93
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 04.02.14
Checked by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 28.09.94

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