Petroscirtes lupus (De Vis, 1886)

Petroscirtes lupus
Petroscirtes lupus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Thursday, 7 November 2013
Location: 
Red Rock Estuary
Depth: 
4m
Petroscirtes lupus
Petroscirtes lupus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Thursday, 7 November 2013
Location: 
Red Rock Estuary
Depth: 
4m
Additional Notes: 

Courting pair pictured. Female at front, male at rear. Second dorsal spine is elongated in males, see first picture above.

Common name: Brown Sabretooth Blenny
Distribution:

Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Western Pacific region, Australia and New Caledonia. In Australia recorded from Central Queensland south to southern New South Wales and including Lord Howe Island.

Ecological Notes:

Typically found in quiet coastal bays and estuaries or vegetated rocky reef. Often found inside bottles, pipe or cans.

Additional Notes:

Specimen pictured in top photograph was living in the bottle at bottom right of picture, note elongated first dorsal fin ray of male. Lower photograph shows courting couple with female in foreground. Grows to 13cm.

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