Alticus saliens (Forster, 1788)
Leaping blenny
photo by Randall, J.E.

 Family:  Blenniidae (Combtooth blennies), subfamily: Salariinae
 Max. size:  10 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal; depth range 0 - 2 m
 Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: Red Sea to the Society Islands, north to the Ryukyu and Bonin Islands, south to Queensland; Mariana Islands in Micronesia.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 14-14; Dorsal soft rays (total): 21-23; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 25-27. Description: Dorsal fin XIV, 21-23; anal fin II, 25-27; pectoral rays 15; pelvic fin I,4; numerous movable jaw teeth; crenulated lips margin; lower lip without fleshy disc; males occipital crest fleshy and well-developed. Body elongate; depth at anal fin origin 7.6-8.5 in SL. Overall grey with alternating diffuse white and grey vertical bars; dorsal fin distal band orange; anal fin with yellow stripe on base (Ref. 90102).
 Biology:  Intertidal, actively shuttling back and forth between rock pools and air (skipper) (Ref. 31184). Live in moist shaded pockets of pitted limestone in the spray zone, leaping from hole to hole when disturbed (Ref. 1602). Breathe air when out of water (Ref. 31184). 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: Data deficient  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 15.07.92
 Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 21.01.14
 Checked by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 29.08.94

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