Alticus anjouanae (Fourmanoir, 1955)
Alticus anjouanae (Fourmanoir, 1955)
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Alticus anjouanae

English Name: Anjouan Coastal Blenny

Creole Name: Kabosoter

French Name:

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


A small amphibious blenny with elongate body. Its large head has prominent eyes and a wide mouth. Large pectoral fins provide lateral 
stabilisation. Males have a fleshy growth clearly visible above the head and a large erectile dorsal fin. 

Colour. Base colour is dark brown with vertical yellowish and whitish bars. Pale areas on the head exhibit small brown dots covering the operculum and 
forming geometric patterns on the crest of males.  


Maturity: Unknown. Max length : 7.6 cm TL.

Habitat and Ecology:

Amphibious and able to breathe air this species occurs in the intertidal zone of rocky shores. Grazes algae on rock surfaces. Diurnal it takes refuge in 
rocky crevices at night. Oviparous, distinct pairing. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad 
or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations.


The Anjouan coastal blenny is endemic to Madagascar, the Comoros, Mayotte, the Seychelles and the Mascarenes.
Photos (c) 2022 and courtesy Andrew Chin, photographed on coastal rocks of northwest bay, Mahe, near Northolme hotel.  


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Williams, J.T. (2014). Alticus anjouanae. The IUCN Red List 2014: (06/11/23).


Nevill, J.E.G. & Chin, A. (2023). Alticus anjouanae, Anjouan Coastal Blenny. Seychelles Seatizens.

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