Enchelyurus ater (Günther, 1877)
Black blenny
Enchelyurus ater
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Blenniidae (Combtooth blennies), subfamily: Blenniinae
Max. size:  5.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 1 - 10 m
Distribution:  Pacific Ocean: Coral Sea (excluding the Great Barrier Reef) to the Tuamoto Islands.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 8-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 20-24; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 18-21. Fewer than 50 incisiform teeth in each jaw; large canine on sides of both upper and lower jaw; absence of head cirri; dorsal fin unnotched; dorsal and anal fins fully confluent with caudal fin; coloration dark brown to black, occasionally with faint reticular or barred pattern; numerous small, uneven brown spots on head; yellow paired fins. Dorsal rays modally 2; anal rays modally II, 19; pelvic spine hidden; segmented caudal rays 14, unbranched (Ref. 54980).
Biology:  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 - 03.07.95
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 05.06.15

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