Salarias ceramensis Bleeker, 1853
Seram blenny
Salarias ceramensis
photo by Mayes, B.

 Family:  Blenniidae (Combtooth blennies), subfamily: Salariinae
 Max. size:  15 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 1 - 10 m
 Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: Philippines, Indonesia (Ref. 393) and Papua New Guinea (Ref. 6192) also reported from Heron Island (Brian Mayes, pers. comm., brian@mayescai.freeserve.co.uk).
 Diagnosis:  Series of dark blotches along the body. The most darkened chest and belly distinguishes this species from the similar Salarias fasciatus. In addition, S. ceramensis has 15 pectoral fin rays, S. fasciatus only has 14 (Ref. 48636).
 Biology:  Adults occur solitary on dead corals (Ref. 90102) in sheltered bays and lagoons, often silty habitat, amongst mixed algae and coral rubble to about 10 m depth (Ref. 48636). 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). Minimum depth of 1 m reported from Ref. 90102.
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 30.03.93
 Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 28.02.14
 Checked by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 17.09.97

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