Species Details

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Common Name: Imposter fangblenny
Scientific Name: Plagiotremus phenax
Local Name: -
Dhivehi Name: -
Animalia  (Kingdom)
Chordata  (Plylum)
Teleostei  (Class)
Perciformes  (Order)
Blenniidae  (Family)
Plagiotremus   (Genus)

Imposter fangblenny's description

Imposter fangblenny (Plagiotremus phenax) is a species of combtooth blenny found in coral reefs in the Indian ocean.

Short description - Dorsal spines (total): 7 - 8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 27-29; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 20 - 23. Pale grey body, dorsal fin with black submarginal stripe. Pectoral rays typically 12; large curved canine tooth posteriorly on side of lower jaw; interorbital pores 1-2; body depth about 8.0 in SL. Maximum size to 5.1 cm TL.

Max length : 8.0 cm TL male/unsexed.

Imposter fangblenny habitat

This species is found on coastal, lagoon and outer reefs to 10 m. This species is reef-associated, and often hovers above the reef waiting for unwary prey. It attacks other fishes to remove scales and skin tissue (stomach contents typically contain only mucous and a few fish scales).

It is a mimic of Meiacanthus smithi (Smith-Vaniz 1976, 1987).

Imposter fangblenny threats

There are no major threats known for this species.

Imposter fangblenny's status