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 Fish Identification Perth WA

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The common name blenny is ambiguous at best, as it has been applied to several families of perciform marine, brackish and some freshwater fishes all sharing similar morphology (shape) and behaviour. There are six families considered "true blennies", all grouped together under the suborder Blennioidei; its members are referred to as blennioids. There are approximately 833 species in 130 genera within the suborder... (Wikipedia)


Horned Blenny
(Parablennius intermedius)

It took me two years to spot my first Blenny at Ammo Jetty.

You will see them usually half way up the pylons at the start of the jetty, look for these little fish bobbing up and down in the small gaps and shells, take a few moments as at first they are not always that easy to see but once you know where to look, you will see them every time.

You can't really see it here, but this was a great little moment at Ammo Jetty.

If you look closely you can see that there are in fact two Blennies here, the one on the left is biting hold of the head of the other one just to its right.

I am guessing this was a territorial dispute, the biting and then the vigorous shaking was a little disturbing and went on for a few minutes.

In fact at one point the main Blenny had to ward off two other Blenny approiaches.

Short-Headed Sabretooth Blenny
Petroscirtes breviceps)

These series of shots taken at Wells Park Jetty.

Another great little moment here at Bulk Jetty, this cheeky little fella was totally showing off in front of the camera. Most of the time the Blenny will scoot off pretty sharpish, but this one just wanted to keep showing off, letting me get really close . Great moment at one of my least favourite sites, just goes to show you should never right off a dive site.

Hitting The Bottle

You will find Blennies hiding anywhere and everywhere. Photographs left taken at Palm Beach Jetty & the boats ramps at Jervoise Bay.

To the right these juveniles photographed at Jervoise bay, notice the slightly rougher looking texture to their skin.

Blennies are always good for some interesting photographs.


 Piano Fangblenny

(Plagiotremus tapeinosoma)

This Piano Fangblenny photographed at Point Peron. Really made it difficult for me to get any kind of photograph, keeping a good few meters between us. You can see how much I have had to digitally zoom/crop this image. However the colours are distinctive enough for identification purposes.

Germain's Blenny
(Omobranchus germaini)

Originally had these as the Western Jumping Blenny
(Lepidoblennius marmoratus)
but thanks to Phil Good for identifying these as Germain's Blenny.

Photographed at BBR.

I have read that this is in fact a member of the sub group of Blennies known as the Triplefins but I will keep it here also as I think most people would come here first before checking out the Triplefin page.

Slowly getting closer.

Taken at Woodmans Point Groin, there a re loads of these flapping around and scurrying just in front of you here.

I didn't realise I had caught an image of this little chap until about 12 month after it was taken.

I was reviewing some images of Sea Stars when I noticed this small white mark protruding from the star.

Photographed at Bulk Jetty.

Lance Blenny aka Slender Sabretooth Blenny
(Aspidontus dussumieri)


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