Omobranchus punctatus (Valenciennes, 1836)
Muzzled blenny
photo by Nunes, J.L.S.

Family:  Blenniidae (Combtooth blennies), subfamily: Blenniinae
Max. size:  9.5 cm SL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 4 years
Environment:  benthopelagic; brackish; marine
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: Persian Gulf to Fiji and north to Japan. Known from Delagoa Bay, Mozambique and Suez Canal on the African coast. Western Atlantic: introduced at Trinidad and Panama Canal near Atlantic end (Ref. 26938).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 11-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 19-24; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 20-26. Head without cirri and crest. Lower end of gill opening opposite upper margin of pectoral fin. Sensory pores in infraorbital and interorbital canals mostly 8 and 3 respectively. Lateral line usually 7 to 11. Horizontal stripes on body distinct in male, but somewhat obscure in female.
Biology:  Adults occur in coastal and brackish waters among rocks and mangroves (Ref. 9710). 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). Highly tolerant to adverse environmental conditions, self-reproducing population living between rocks in natural oil seeps in Venezuela (Ref. 56126).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 28 March 2009 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 04.03.93
Modified by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 12.04.18
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 18.12.96

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