Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Blenniidae
(Combtooth blennies) > Salariinae
Etymology: Cirripectes: Latin, cirrus = curl fringe + Greek, pektos, -e, -on = made of several parts solidly united (Ref. 45335); chelomatus: Specific epithet, derived from the Greek 'cheloma' meaning notch, referring to the shallow notch in the dorsal-fin membrane above the last dorsal spine.Date follows Eschmeyer (Ref. 26282).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 16 m (Ref. 529), usually 7 - 10 m (Ref. 90102). Tropical; 10°S - 33°S
Western Pacific: off eastern Australia from Lady Musgrave Reef northward to Sir Charles Hardy Islands, as far north as Basilaki Islands, Papua New Guinea; as far south as Lord Howe Island; and eastward to Fiji and Tonga Islands.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 4 - ? cm
Max length : 9.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 529)
(total): 12 - 13;
soft rays: 15 - 17;
Vertebrae: 29 - 30. Diagnosis: Dorsal fin XII-XIII, 14-16 (usually XII, 15), attached to caudal fin, with shallow notch above last spine, first spine equal or about twice higher than second, higher in males; anal fin II, 15-17 (usually 15); pectoral rays 15; pelvic fin I, 4; caudal fin procurrent rays 10-14. Vertebrae 9-11 (usually 10) + 19-20; last pleural rib on 11th vertebral centrum, last epipleural rib on 15-18th. Body depth at anal-fin origin 3.3-3.5 in SL. LL, without scales and scalelike flaps; LL tubes 0-8 (usually 1-5), incomplete, series ends below 12th dorsal spine to 10th dorsal ray. Lower lip smooth mesially, plicate laterally. Upper lip crenulae 29-43. Gill rakers 20-28. Cephalic sensory pore system simple. Cirri: supraorbital 3-12 (rarely up to 23 or 93; usually 6-9); nasal 6-25 (rarely up to 82; usually less than 15); nuchal 22-45 (usually 27-32), in 4 groups with slightly expanded nuchal flap at bases of ventralmost cirri. Over all brown with red small spots; iris red; pectoral fins yellow; rugosities of anal spine dirty yellow (Ref. 529, 90102).
Adults inhabit shallow rocky and coral reefs (Ref. 9710) commonly below 10 m (Ref. 90102). 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). Common depth minimum of 7 m reported from Ref. 9710 but that is maximum common depth in Ref. 529.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, distinct pairing (Ref. 205). Urogenital orifice of male genital papilla located basally between 2 closely appressed slender filaments on a fleshy swelling behind anus; testes bulbous with length equal to its width (Ref. 529).
Williams, J.T., 1988. Revision and phylogenetic relationships of the blenniid fish genus Cirripectes. Indo-Pac. Fish. (17):78 p. (Ref. 529)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 24.6 - 28.4, mean 26.6 (based on 403 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00955 (0.00505 - 0.01805), b=3.04 (2.87 - 3.21), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (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 (23 of 100) .