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Petroscirtes breviceps  (Valenciennes, 1836)

Striped poison-fang blenny mimic
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Classification / Names Noms communs | Synonymes | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinoptérygiens (poissons à nageoires rayonnées) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Blenniidae (Combtooth blennies) > Blenniinae
Etymology: Petroscirtes: Latin, petra, -ae = stone + Greek, skirteo = to jump.

Environnement / Climat / Gamme Écologie

; marin; saumâtre récifal; profondeur 1 - 15 m, usually ? - 10 m (Ref. 48636).   Tropical; 22°C - 28°C, preferred ?; 30°N - 30°S

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Indo-West Pacific: East Africa to Papua New Guinea, north to southern Japan, south to New Caledonia.

Taille / Poids / Âge

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.0 cm SL mâle / non sexé; (Ref. 1602)

Description synthétique Morphologie | Morphométrie

Épines dorsales (Total): 10 - 11; Rayons mous dorsaux (Total): 17-21; Épines anales 2; Rayons mous anaux: 17 - 21. Dark, broad stripe from snout through eye to caudal fin; stripe may be broken into segments (Ref. 4404). Highly variable in color and mimics Meiacanthus species (Ref. 48636).

Biologie     Glossaire (ex. epibenthic)

Adults inhabit coastal reefs and estuaries to depths of about 10 m (Ref. 48636). May also be found up to 15 m depth in coastal and lagoon reefs in sandy and weedy areas among clumps of Sargassum or other seaweeds. They also take shelter and nests inside small-necked bottles and abandoned worm tubes or shells (Ref. 90102). They feed on small crustaceans, diatoms, and perhaps other plant material associated with such clumps. They use their fangs defensively and will not hesitate to bite if handled, thus, species of this genus are avoided by predators (Ref. 205). Oviparous. Males uses shells but also ring-top cans for nesting (Ref. 48636). 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). Mimic of Meiacanthus grammistes, which like all species of that genus possesses a pair of large grooved fangs in the lower jaw with associated venom glands. These bites are used defensively and Papuan variety is also a possible mimic of Meiacanthus vittatus (Ref. 90102).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturité | Reproduction | Frai | Œufs | Fécondité | Larves

Oviparous, distinct pairing (Ref. 205).

Référence principale Upload your references | Références | Coordinateur : Williams, Jeffrey T. | Collaborateurs

Myers, R.F., 1991. Micronesian reef fishes. Second Ed. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 298 p. (Ref. 1602)

Statut dans la liste rouge de l'IUCN (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Menace pour l'homme

  Traumatogenic (Ref. 1602)




Utilisations par l'homme

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