Teleostei (teleosts) > Blenniiformes
(Blennies) > Blenniidae
(Combtooth blennies) > Salariinae
Etymology: Cirripectes: Latin, cirrus = curl fringe + Greek, pektos, -e, -on = made of several parts solidly united (Ref. 45335); perustus: From possibly the bright red and yellow color of the male holotype and paratype..
More on author: Smith.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 25 m (Ref. 529). Tropical; 30°N - 30°S
Indo-Pacific: Kenya to Taiwan and Kiribati; Palau, Yap, and Ifaluk in Micronesia. Likely to occur in Seychelles (Ref. 1623).
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 5 - ? cm
Max length : 8.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 529)
(total): 11 - 12;
soft rays: 14 - 16;
Vertebrae: 30 - 31. Diagnosis: Dorsal fin XII, 14, membrane attached to caudal fin, entire, first spine more or less the same height as second; anal fin II, 15; pectoral rays 15; pelvic fin I, 3; caudal fin procurrent rays 10-12. Vertebrae 10 + 20. LL, without scales and scalelike flaps; LL tubes 0-3, canal ends below dorsal ray 5-11. Lower lip smooth mesially, plicate laterally. Upper lip crenulae 36-48. Gill rakers 23-28. Cephalic sensory pore system simple. Midsnout pores present. Cirri, supraorbital 6-23, nasal 5-25; nuchal cirri 30 to 46, divided into 3-4 groups, 3-group resulting from fusion of bases of dorsalmost groups at apex of nape, 4-group condition has dorsalmost groups meeting or overlapping. Body depth at anal-fin origin 3.2-3.5 in SL. Pectoral with 5 ventralmost rays red-tipped; iris with yellow-colored oval, oriented almost vertically, centered around pupil, rest of iris silvery white. Female head and body grey to yellowish brown with spots red becoming dark brown posteriorly; with pale diagonal stripe from upper lip to nape, across orbit; pectoral fins brown. Male unspotted, bicolored yellow anteriorly and reddish brown posteriorly; pectoral fins yellow (Ref. 529, 90102, 37816).
Facultative air-breathing (Ref. 126274); Adults inhabit shallow seaward reefs, from the intertidal zone to 25 m depth (Ref. 9710, 529). 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).
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 widely separated 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. 126983)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
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