Salarias fasciatus (Bloch, 1786)
Salarias fasciatus (Bloch, 1786)
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Salarias fasciatus (Bloch, 1786)

English Name: Jewelled blenny

Creole Name:

French Name:

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 12; Dorsal rays: 18-20; Anal spines: 2; Anal rays: 19-21.

Bushy cirri present on nape, eye and nostril. Radial pattern on eye. Dorsal fin notched. Both sexes with numerous pale spots, dark streaks anteriorly, and indications of 
several dusky bands. Exhibits a low degree of sexual dimorphism. Males’ elongated anal spines are longer than those of females.


Maturity: Lm unknown. Range unknown. Max Length: 14cm TL.

Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabit reef flats as well as shallow lagoon and seaward reefs (depth 0-8m). Usually found in areas of mixed coral, sand, and rubble. Feed by scraping off algae. Oviparous, 
distinct pairing. Eggs are demersal and adhesive. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters.


Fishery Status:

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


Full body photos of poor quality but adequate for positive identification.

Close up head photo courtesy Eleanor Brighton and Chris Mason-Parker (c) 2022 Blue Safari Seychelles/Marine Conservation Society, Seychelles. Photograph taken at Alphonse group 2022.


Awata, S. et al. (2010). Seasonal changes in reproductive and physical condition, sexual dimorphism, and male mating tactics in the jewelled blenny Salarias fasciatus
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Nevill, J.E.G. (2020). Salarias fasciatus, Jewelled blenny. Seychelles Seatizens. (edited 20/06/22).

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