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Cirripectes heemstraorum  Williams, 2010

Yellowtail blenny
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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);  heemstraorum: Named for Phil and Elaine Heemstra.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 1 - 17 m (Ref. 85156).   Tropical, preferred ?

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Western Indian Ocean: Africa.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 85156); 7.1 cm SL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 17; Vertebrae: 32. This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: nape with greatly expanded black nuchal flap on both sides; 10-13 independently based cirri distributed between the nuchal flaps; dorsal fin entire; 5-6 total supraorbital cirri, 6-8 total nasal cirri; males with small dark spots posteriorly on body coalescing into short black stripes on caudal peduncle; females with brilliant yellow caudal fin (pale when preserved; contrasting sharply with dark brown body); in males the outer half of caudal fin is brilliant yellow (Ref. 85156).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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).

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Williams, Jeffrey T. | Collaborators

Williams, J.T., 2010. A new species of blenny, Cirripectes heemstraorum, from Cape Vidal, South Africa (Family Blenniidae). Smithiana Bull. (12):3-8. (Ref. 85156)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01023 (0.00450 - 0.02327), b=3.01 (2.82 - 3.20), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (18 of 100) .