Ecsenius australianus Springer, 1988
Australian combtooth blenny
photo by Wilkie, M.

Family:  Blenniidae (Combtooth blennies), subfamily: Salariinae
Max. size:  6 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated
Distribution:  Western Pacific: northern Great Barrier Reef.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 12-12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-15; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 15-17. Dorsal fin XIL13-15 (typically 14), deeply notched between spinous and segmented-ray portions. Anal fin II,15-17 (usually 16). Pectoral fin 13 or 14 (rarely 14). Caudal fin 13. Vertebrae 10 + 21-23 (usually 22). Dentary incisor teeth 44-51 which includes anterior canine teeth very similar in appearance with incisors; posterior canines usually one on each side. Lateral line without vertical pairs of pores, terminating posteriorly at point between verticals from dorsal-fin spines 10 and 12. With cirrus on posterior rim of anterior nostril; absent on anterior rim.
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: 24 March 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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