Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Blenniidae
(Combtooth blennies) > Salariinae
Etymology: Cirripectes: Latin, cirrus = curl fringe + Greek, pektos, -e, -on = made of several parts solidly united (Ref. 45335); springeri: Named for Dr. Victor G. Springer.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 18 m (Ref. 529), usually ? - 10 m (Ref. 529). Tropical, preferred ?; 15°N - 12°S
Western Pacific: Philippines; Moluccas, Indonesia; Bismarck Archipelago and Ninigo Islands, Papua New Guinea; Solomon Islands.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 4 - ? cm
Max length : 10.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 48636)
(total): 12 - 13;
soft rays: 15 - 17;
Vertebrae: 30 - 31. Diagnosis: Dorsal fin XII, 15, membrane attached to caudal fin, with deep notch above last spine, first spine up to almost thrice the height of second spine in males, but in females less than twice only; anal fin II, 16; pectoral rays 15; pelvic fin I, 4; caudal fin procurrent rays 10-12. Vertebrae 10 + 21. LL, without scales and scalelike flaps; LL tubes 0-5, canal ends below dorsal ray 2-8. Lower lip smooth mesially, plicate laterally. Upper lip crenulae 36-47. Gill rakers 23-30. Cephalic sensory pore system simple, midsnout pores absent. Cirri, supraorbital 2-9, nasal 5-23; nuchal 27-38, in 4 groups, ventralmost borne on a small nuchal flap. Overall dark brown with orange spots in juveniles, subadults and adults; dorsal fin rays and caudal fin upper rays, tips red-orange; iris red (Ref. 529).
Adults inhabit upper edge of outer reef slopes (Ref. 90102), 0-18 m deep (Ref. 529). Found in shallow and protected inshore reefs with sparse coral and rich algae growth (Ref. 48636). Also found in coral reef crevices. They feed on algae and detritus. Usually occur in small loose groups but are shy species and are easily missed by divers that are not on the look-out for blennies (Ref. 48636). Collected from water shallower than 10 m to as great as 18 m in the Ninigo Islands. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive (Ref. 205), and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal (Ref. 94114). Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters (Ref. 94114).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, distinct pairing (Ref. 205). Urogenital orifice of male genital papilla located basally between 2 widely separated slender filaments on a fleshy swelling behind anus; testes bulbous with length equal its width (Ref 529).
Williams, J.T., 1988. Revision and phylogenetic relationships of the blenniid fish genus Cirripectes. Indo-Pac. Fish. (17):78 p. (Ref. 529)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01023 (0.00448 - 0.02337), b=3.01 (2.82 - 3.20), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.0 ±0.00 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (21 of 100) .