Ecsenius yaeyamaensis (Aoyagi, 1954)
Yaeyama blenny
photo by Du, J.-G.

Family:  Blenniidae (Combtooth blennies), subfamily: Salariinae
Max. size:  6 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 0 - 15 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Sri Lanka to Vanuatu, north to Taiwan and the Yaeyama Islands, south to Shark Bay and the southern Great Barrier Reef; Belau in Micronesia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 11-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-15; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 14-17. Y-shaped mark on pectoral fin base (Ref. 559).
Biology:  Adults occur solitary or in small groups on boulder habitats (Ref. 90102) sitting on rock and living coral (Ref. 9710) in shallow coastal reefs. Common species on coastal and inner reef crests with rich coral growth (Ref. 48636). 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 - 15.07.92
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 04.02.14
Checked by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 28.09.94

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