|Latin name||Pholidichthys leucotaenia - Bleeker, 1856|
|Common name||Convict blenny|
|Family||Pholidichthyidae - Pholidichthys|
|Origin||Australia, Indonesia, Central/West Pacific|
|Max length||34.0 cm (13.4")|
As aquarium fish
Threat towards crustaceans
This species poses a threat towards shrimps and crabs etc., which are relatively small.
Can be a threat to small fish
This spicies might be a threat to smaller fishes.
This fish requires feeding several times a day, especially when newly added.
When the fish can find its natural food in the aquarium it requires less frequent feeding.
Rearranges the sand
This species likes rearranging the sand in the aquarium.
Be sure that the rocks cannot collapse if the sand is removed.
Bred in captivity
This species can be bred in captivity, one can therefore consider asking your local fish store for a captive bred specimen.
This species needs good hiding places, for example, between live rocks.
Can coexist as a pair
They can live as a pair provided they are introduced simultaneously.
When young these fish have horizontal stripes, but as they grow, the pattern changes and the stripes become more vertical.
Should be kept in an aquarium where there is enough sand for it to make a small cave.
Family description (Pholidichthyidae)
Convict Blennies (Pholidichthydiae) live in small holes in the sand and rocks. At first they live on only zooplankton, but as they become larger they also start eating fish and crustaceans.
Provided with the right environment these fish are a nice and unique addition to an aquarium.
One should be aware that these fish dig into the bottom so that sand and debris whirls around in a tank.
If one wishes an aquarium where the debris does not accumulate in one place, this is the obvious choice.
|Distribution||Western Central Pacific: Philippines south to the Solomon Islands. Absent from Australia.|
|English common names||Convict blenny|
|Danish common names||Fangedragtsslimfisk|
References and further reading
Scott W. Michael. Reef Aquarium Fishes: 500+ Essential-to-know Species - TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)
Bob Fenner. Convict Blennies, Family Pholidichthyidae - Wet Web Media - (English)
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2014. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (08/2014).
|eats shrimp, eats crab, eats fish, destructive, pair couple|