Petroscirtes mitratus (Rüppell, 1830)
Petroscirtes mitratus (Rüppell, 1830)
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Petroscirtes mitratus

English Name: Floral blenny

Creole Name:

French Name: Blennechis à dorsale élevée

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 10 - 11; Dorsal rays: 14-17; Anal spines: 2; Anal rays: 14.

Simple cirri associated with preopercular pores and with pores on each side of nape and other areas of the head. First three rays of dorsal fin are elevated. Head and 
body speckled and mottled. 5-6 indistinct, dark blotches or bands on body usually with dark-edged ocelli dorsally.


Maturity: Lm unknown. Range unknown. Max Length: 8.5cm TL. (Specimens shown here approx. 3-4cm TL).

Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits shallow, protected lagoons and reef-flats with algal and seagrass clumps (depth 0-8m). It has been observed to swim with its tail oriented vertically. Oviparous 
life cycle, exhibits distinct pairing, and produces demersal, adhesive eggs which are often deposited in empty mollusc shells. Feeds on microalgae and detritus. Juveniles 
often in floating Sargassum weeds and may be dispersed over great distances.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is not subject to the artisanal fishery.






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Nevill, J.E.G. (2020). Petroscirtes mitratus, Floral blenny. Seychelles Seatizens. (edited 20/06/22).

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