Maldives Blenny (Ecsenius minutus) is a species of combtooth blenny in the genus Ecsenius. It is found in coral reefs in Maldives, in the western Indian ocean.
Short description Morphology | Morphometrics Dorsal spines (total): 12 - 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-14; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 15 - 16; Vertebrae: 31 - 32. Dorsal fin XII or XIII,13 or 14 (rarely XIII); Incised spinous and segmented-ray portions. Anal fin II,15 or 16. Pectoral fin 12-14 (typically 13). Segmented caudal-fin rays 13. Vertebrae 10 + 21 or 22. Dentary incisor teeth which includes anterior canines very similar in appearance from incisors, 46-51 in males and 48-53 in females, averaging more in females than males; posterior canines 0 or 1 (usually 1). Lateral line lacking vertical pairs of pores, extending posteriorly to point between vertical from interspace between 9th and 10th dorsal-fin spines and vertical from 11th spine (usually reaching to or beyond 10th spine). With cirrus on posterior rim of anterior nostril; absent on anterior rim. Distinct, dark stripe on pectoral-fin base entering fin between 7th and 8th from dorsalmost rays; dark, curving stripe on opercle extending dorsally to, or almost to, dark spot (remnant of a dark postorbital stripe) at dorsal margin of opercle.
Maldives blenny 's Reproduction
Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive, and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal. Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters.
Maldives blenny habitat
This species is found in lagoon and seaward reef slopes at depths between about 1-10 m.
For most species of Ecsenius, juveniles and adults are almost entirely restricted to subtidal habitats with living coral. Little information is available on the reproductive habits and the early life history of species of this genus (Springer 1988).