Brown Sabretooth Blenny (species: Petroscirtes lupus) in ALA: Lizard Island (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Petroscirtes lupus
Brown Sabretooth Blenny

©Anne Hoggett: Petroscirtes lupus on the mooring line at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island, 3-5 m depth.

©Anne Hoggett: Five specimens of Petroscirtes lupus on the mooring line at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island, 3 to 5 m depth. The fish at bottom right could be Meiacanthus lineatus or its mimic Petroscirtes fallax.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Blenniidae
Genus Petroscirtes
Species Petroscirtes lupus



Distinguishing features

A blenny up to about 7 cm long, white or greenish white with three dark stripes; bites if handled.


  • Up to 7 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • From 1 m to 6 m



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Caley, M.J. (1995). Reef fish community structure and dynamics: in interaction between local and larger-scale processes? Marine Ecology Progress Series, 129: 19-29. LIRS catalog number 448.
  • Caley, M.J. and J. St John (1996). Refuge availability structures assemblages of tropical reef fishes, Journal of Animal Ecology, 65: 414-428. LIRS catalog number 458.
  • Fisher, R., J.M. Leis, D.L. Clark and S.K. Wilson (2005). Critical swimming speeds of late-stage coral reef fish larvae: variation within species, among species and between locations, Marine Biology, 147: 1202-1212. LIRS catalog number 934.
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