Latest Blennioidei Stories

2011-08-30 18:55:05

One of the world's strangest animals — a unique fish that lives on land and can leap large distances despite having no legs — has a rich and complex social life, a new study has found. The odd lifestyle of the Pacific leaping blenny (Alticus arnoldorum) has been detailed for the first time in research findings that throw new light on how animal life first evolved to colonies the land. The Pacific leaping blenny is a marine fish yet is terrestrial in all aspects of its daily...

2011-02-06 08:19:17

Things are not always what they seem when it comes to fish"”something scientists at the Smithsonian Institution and the Ocean Science Foundation are finding out. Using modern genetic analysis, combined with traditional examination of morphology, the scientists discovered that what were once thought to be three species of blenny in the genus Starksia are actually 10 distinct species. The team's findings were published in the scientific journal ZooKeys, Feb. 3. Starksia blennies, small...

2010-11-04 17:55:45

Researchers have experimentally shown that some species of reef fish will enact punishment on the parasitic saber-tooth blennies that stealthily attack them from behind and take a bite, even though their behavior offers no immediate gain. The study, published online on November 4 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, shows that punishment ultimately serves all members of the reef fish species well. In future attacks, blennies are more likely to go after "free-riding" individuals that...

Latest Blennioidei Reference Libraries

Ringneck Blenny, Parablennius pilicornis
2013-02-02 08:15:35

Image Caption: photographed near Livorno (Tuscany, Italy). Credit: Stefano Guerrieri/Wikipedia The ringneck blenny is found widespread in coastal waters of the Eastern Atlantic around Spain, Portugal, Mowe Bay, and Namibia, also found in the Mediterranean around Morocco and Algeria. In the Southwest Atlantic the ringneck blenny is found off Brazil, Patagonia, and Argentina, and in the Western Indian Ocean from Natal to South Africa. The habitat of the ringneck blenny is rocky shores, and...

Australian Blenny, Ecsenius australianus
2012-05-11 11:59:26

The Australian blenny (Ecsenius australianus) can be found in the Pacific Ocean, in the Coral Islands and Great Barrier Reef. Although its range is limited to the northern areas of the Great Barrier Reef, it is possible that, due to climate changes, that range may extend south. The Australian blenny is small, with a body length of only 2.4 inches. The back of this fish is reddish brown in color, while the stomach area is white, and running from the rear end to the gill covering there are...

2007-04-03 00:25:59

Clinids are blennioids, perciform marine fish of the family Clinidae. Temperate blennies, the family ranges from the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, in both the Southern and Northern Hemisphere. The family contains approximately 86 species in 20 genera, the 23.62 in (60 cm) long giant kelpfish (Heterostichus rostratus) being the largest; most are far smaller. With small cycloid scales, Clinid blennies may have a deep or slender build; some members of the family bear the name "snake...

2007-03-19 15:02:41

The blennioid family Chaenopsidae includes the Pike-blennies, Tube-blennies and Flagblennies: all perciform marine fish. The family is strictly tropical, ranging from North to South America. There are 14 genera and 90 species represented, the largest being the Sarcastic fringehead, Neoclinus blanchardi, at 11.81 in (30 cm) in length; most are much smaller. With highly compressed bodies, some may be so elongated as to appear eel-like; chaenopsids are scaleless and lack lateral lines. Their...

2007-02-25 21:04:29

Combtooth blennies are blennioids; perciform marine fish of the family Blenniidae. They are the largest family of blennies, with approximately 371 species in 53 genera represented. Combtooth blennies are found in tropical and subtropical waters in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans; some species are also found in brackish and even freshwater environments. Physical description The body plan of the Combtooth blennies is archetypal to all other blennioids; their blunt heads and eyes...

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