Ecsenius pulcher (Murray, 1887)
Gulf blenny
Ecsenius pulcher
photo by Field, R.

Family:  Blenniidae (Combtooth blennies), subfamily: Salariinae
Max. size:  11 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: known only from the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, coast of Oman, and northwestern coast of the Indian subcontinent as far south as the Gulf of Kutch.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 12-14; Dorsal soft rays (total): 18-20; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 19-23; Vertebrae: 37-39
Biology:  Almost exclusively benthic. 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: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 25 March 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 15.07.97
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 02.07.15

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