Plagiotremus tapeinosoma
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Facts

Latin name Plagiotremus tapeinosoma - (Bleeker, 1857)
Common name Piano fangblenny
Family Blenniidae - Plagiotremus
Origin East Indian Ocean, Australia, Japan, The Red Sea, Indonesia, East Pacific, New Zealand, Central/West Pacific
Max length 14.0 cm (5.5")

As aquarium fish

Minimum volume 150 l (40 gal)
Hardiness Hardy
Suitable for aquarium Suitable for special aquariums
Reef safe Always reef safe
Aggressiveness Aggressive towards other species

Food

Recommended
  • Small crustaceans (Krill, mysis, artemia...)
  • Fish

Attacks other fish

This species is known to rip scales and flesh from other fish, therefore do not keep this species with other fish.
It might even bite humans.

Thrive best on their own

These fish flourish better without other members of the same species in the aquarium.

Hiding places

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

Genus description (Plagiotremus)

Some species in this genus imitates cleaner wrasses.

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 and East Africa (to False Bay, South Africa, Ref. 4404) to the Line, Marquesan, and Tuamoto Islands, north to southern Japan, south to New Zealand and Rapa. Replaced Plagiotremus goslinei in the Hawaiian Islands (Ref. 37816)
English common names Slender blenny, Hit and run blenny, Piano fangblenny, Piano blenny
Danish common names Piano-sabeltandslimfisk

References and further reading

About references

Bob Fenner. Saber-Toothed Blennies, Family Blenniidae, Tribe Nemophini - Wet Web Media - (English)

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

aggressive territorial, blenny
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