Exallias brevis   (Kner,  1868) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: Max length 14.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)

Color: Pale yellowish brown with numerous dark spots on head, body and all fins.

Head 3.0-3.1 in standard length, 3.8-3.9 in total length. Depth of body 2.8-2.9 in standard length, 3.5-3.7 in total length. Eye diameter 3.4-3.6 in head, 0.6 in snout and a little more than interorbital space. Lips crenulate. Nasal cirrus with 5-6 filaments. Supraorbital tentacle flat with a few short filaments. A fringe of about 30 cirri in a transverse row across nape. A pair of small barbels on lower side of throat. Pectoral fin a little shorter than head. Spinous dorsal fin higher than soft dorsal. Anal fin lower than soft dorsal.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: XII, 13; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: II, 14; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 15; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5.

Dioecious, external fertilization, guarders, nesters. Oviparous, distinct pairing. Males prepare nesting sites by overgrazing a patch of coral. Eggs are demersal and adhesive.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Cirripectes leopardus (Day, 1870)
(Senior synonym)
Exallias brevis (Kner, 1868)
(Senior synonym)
Salarias brevis Kner, 1868
(Senior synonym)
Salarias leopardus Day, 1870
(Junior synonym)
Salarias brevis Kner, 1868
Cirripectus leopardus Chapman, 1951
Exallias brevis Smith, 1959
Salarias leopardus Day, 1878
Exalias brevis (Kner, 1868)

Common Name (s)
• Leopard Blenny (English)
• Leopard Rock Skipper (English)
• Bok (Mahl)
• Shortbodied Blenny (English)
• Fulli Kakkadan (Malayalam)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Benthic, Reef Associated, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Hard corals


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Literature Source(s)
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