False Cleanerfish (species: Aspidontus taeniatus) in ALA: LIRS and surrounds using records to Oct. 2021 (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Aspidontus taeniatus
False Cleanerfish

©John E. Randall: Philippines, Cebu.

©Anne Hoggett: False Cleanerfish at Lizard Island

©Simon Gingins: Aspidontus taeniatus at Lizard Island. 
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Blenniidae
Genus Aspidontus
Species Aspidontus taeniatus



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • From 1 cm to 11.5 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution


Mimics the dance of the Common Cleanerfish, Labroides dimidiatus, before attempting to bite the underside of victim fish.

Web resources


  • Cheney, K.L., A.S. Grutter and R. Bshary (2014). Geographical variation in the benefits obtained by a coral reef fish mimic, Animal Behaviour, 88: 85-90. LIRS catalog number 1708.
  • Lassig, B.R. (1983). The effects of a cyclonic storm on coral reef assemblages, Environmental Biology of Fishes, 9(1): 55-63. LIRS catalog number 253.