Smooth Sabretooth Blenny (species: Petroscirtes xestus) in ALA: LIRS and surrounds using records to Oct. 2021 (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Petroscirtes xestus
Smooth Sabretooth Blenny


©Anne Hoggett: Petroscirtes xestus near Casuarina Beach, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Petroscirtes xestus near Casuarina Beach, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Petroscirtes xestus near Casuarina Beach, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Blenniidae
Genus Petroscirtes
Species Petroscirtes xestus

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Distinguishing features

A small solitary fish that lives in a burrow in flat sandy areas often with seagrass. Pale grey with whitish spots, a dark stripe from eye to tail base and a slanted stripe through the eye.

Size

  • Up to 9.5 cm (length, Allen et al, 2003)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.

Synonyms

Distribution


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources

References

References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Other references

  • Caley, M.J. (1991). Mechanisms of coexistence in communities of coral-reef fishes, Ph.D. thesis, University of Sydney. LIRS catalog number 307.
  • Caley, M.J. (1995). Community dynamics of tropical reef fishes: local patterns between latitudes, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 129: 7-18. LIRS catalog number 447.
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