Exallias brevis
Source: BEDO (Thailand) / CC BY-SA 4.0
Exallias brevis
Source: Philippe Bourjon / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Facts

Latin name Exallias brevis - (Kner, 1868)
Common name Leopard blenny
Family Blenniidae - Exallias
Origin East Indian Ocean, West Indian Ocean, Australia, Japan, The Red Sea, Indonesia, East Pacific, Central/West Pacific
Max length 14.0 cm (5.5")

As aquarium fish

Minimum volume 500 l (132 gal)
Hardiness Average
Suitable for aquarium Not suitable for home aquarium
Reef safe Not reef safe
Aggressiveness Aggressive towards similar species

Food

Recommended
  • Microalgea (Eg. spirulina)
  • Small polyp stone coral (SPS)

Only eats coral polyps

This species eats mainly coral polyps and will not survive on a replacement food.
Therefore, unless one is willing to provide it with living corals, it will not survive in an aquarium!

Hiding places

This species needs good hiding places, for example, between live rocks.

Family description (Blenniidae)

There are many differences within the Toothcomb Blennies family, some eat algae whilst others eat zooplankton. There are many families of Blennies, this is merely one of them.

What they have in common are their oblong shape and long dorsal fin. Some species have small "legs" used to move around the bottom.

These Blennies do not normally get very big and are therefore a good choice for both small and large aquaria. They are not often very colorful, but many have a fun personality which many aquarists fall for.

The species of the families Aspidontus and Plagiotremus imitate Cleaner Wrasses and can therefore be difficult to identify.

FishBase

Aquarium trade Yes
Distribution Indo-Pacific: Red Sea south to Sodwana Bay, South Africa (Ref. 4404) and east to the Hawaiian, Marquesan, and Society islands, north to the Ryukyu and Bonin islands, south to New Caledonia and Rapa.
English common names Leopard blenny, Pink-spotted blenny

References and further reading

About references

Jeff Kurtz. 2007. Combtooth Blennies: Bewitching Bottom Dwellers - Tropical Fish Hobbyist - (English)
Scott W. Michael. Reef Aquarium Fishes: 500+ Essential-to-know Species - TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)
Bob Fenner. The True/Combtooth Blennies, Family Blenniidae - Wet Web Media - (English)
Bob Fenner. Blennioids: Blennies and Blenny-Like Fishes - Wet Web Media - (English)

Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2014. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (08/2014).

Tags

coral eater, blenny
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