Omobranchus punctatus   (Valenciennes,  1836) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Max. size: 9.5 cm SL

Head is without cirri and crest. Lower end of gill opening opposite upper margin of pectoral fin. Sensory pores in infraorbital and interorbital canals mostly 8 and 3 respectively. Lateral line is usually 7 to 11 in number. Horizontal stripes on body is distinct in male, but somewhat obscure in female. Dorsal spines (total): 11-13, Dorsal soft rays (total): 19-24, Anal spines: 2, Anal soft rays: 20-26.

Eggs are demersal and adhesive.

Age: 4 years

Synonym (s)
Blennechis punctatus Valenciennes, 1836
Omobranchus japonicus (Bleeker, 1869)
Omobranchus japonicus scalatus Smith, 1959
Omobranchus lineolatus (Kner, 1868)
Petrocirtes kochi Weber, 1907
Petroscirtes japonicus Bleeker, 1869
Petroscirtes kochi Weber, 1907
Petroscirtes lineolatus Kner, 1868
Petroskirtes japonicus Bleeker, 1869

Common Name (s)
• Muzzled Blenny (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal, Estuarine


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Rao, DV; Devi, K and Rajan, PT (2000) An account of ichthyofauna of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bay of Bengal Occasional paper no 178 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Calcutta 1-434 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • (2001) Fauna of Godavari estuary, Andhra Pradesh Estuarine ecosystem series 4 ZSI, Kolkata 1-166 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Ismail, WA and Clayton, DA (1990) Biology of Omobranchus punctatus (Blenniidae) on rocky shores in Kuwait Cybium 14(4) 285-293 Available at - Zoological records
  • Allen, GR and Mohammed, A (2003) Coral Reef Fishes of Indonesia Zoological Studies 42(1) 26299 Available at - Digital Information Resource Center, Pune.
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean; (Fishing area 51). FAO, Rome 1 Available at -
  • Talwar, PK (1990) Fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A synoptic survey Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(2) 71-102 Available at - NIO,Goa
  • Das, P; De, SP; Bhowmik, RM; Pandit, IK; Sengupta, R; Nandi, AC; Thakurta, SC and Saha, S (2007) Piscine diversity of West Bengal Fishing chimes 27(5) 15-28 Available at - NIO, Goa

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