Species Index

Lepidoblennius haplodactylus
(Steindachner, 1867)

Common Name: Eastern Jumping Blenny

Distribution: Abundant in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Endemic to Australia it is found from southern Queensland to southern Victoria.

Ecological Notes: Frequents shallow rock pools in the intertidal and subtidal zone, especially areas with algal cover and in turbulent zones. Depth range 0 to 3 m.

Additional Notes: Brownish-grey above, pale below with dark blotches on upper sides. May be encountered by beachcombers in rockpools as they occasionally emerge on exposed rocks as water level drops. Members of this family feed mostly on small crustaceans. Eggs are anchored to algae with sticky threads, the larvae are planktonic and occur in shallow inshore waters. Grows to 12 cm. 

References: Kuiter, R. H., Coastal Fishes of South-Eastern Australia. Published by Crawford House Press Pty. Ltd., 1993. p.324.

Atlas of Living Australia website at Accessed 02/06/18.

FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. Accessed 02/06/18.