Salarias ceramensis   Bleeker,  1852 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Murdy, E.O./Ferraris, C.J., Jr.

Size: 15 cm.

Color: Head, throat, and body deeply chocolate brown. Series of dark blotches along the body. The most darkened chest and belly.

No trace of crest in either sex. Nasal cirrus equal to pupil in length, a flattened, thin pedicle bearing at its end 4 or 5 pointed filaments equal in length to pedicle. Supra orbital cirrus 2/3 eye in height, a thick, flattened core, half length of organ, with about 15 slender filaments, all of about equal length, around its complete edge. Nuchal cirrus like that over eye except central core broader and thicker, the filaments thicker and only 7 to 8 in number, and most of filaments secondarily branched. Forehead prominent but inclining back a little from vertical. Both lips smooth, but a few very shallow and small irregularities visible on upper lip under magnification. A tiny canine just emergent from membranes, posteriorly on each dentary. Depth 3.3-3.5. Head 3.7-4.5. Lateral line curving down behind pectoral, where it disappears. Dorsal beginning far forward, a little ahead of vertical from preopercle edge, no notch in dorsal, which is highest in middle of soft dorsal, last spine on shorter than next preceding, tips of spines free from membrane but those of rays not, except for first 3 or 4, last dorsal ray completely bound to caudal, membrane covering first large ray of caudal and extending unto next. First few anal rays of male somewhat lengthened and membrane more deeply excised between them than between remaining rays, spines both tiny and somewhat buried at base of first ray, first spine of female completely buried in genital papilla of female, last anal ray 1/2 to 2/3 attached to caudal peduncle by membrane.

Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Salarias ceramensis Gunther, 1861
Salarias ceramensis Meyer, 1885
Salarias ceramensis M. Weber, 1913
Salarias ceramensis Herre, 1939

Common Name (s)
• Seram blenny (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries minor, aquarium)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky, Sandy
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Benthic algae/weeds, other plants


• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Beaufort, LF and Chapman, WM (1951) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A. J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 9 484 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -

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