Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Blenniidae
(Combtooth blennies) > Salariinae
Etymology: Ecsenius: Greek, exenios, -os, -on = uncontrolled, immoderate; dentex: Pre-Linnean source unclear; Latin, 'dens' = tooth or toothed, referring to the species' most prominent characteristic of having the highest average number of teeth within the Yaeyamaensis Group.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 4 m (Ref. 5296). Tropical
Western Indian Ocean: occurs only in the Gulf of Aqaba and northernmost part of the Red Sea adjacent to the gulf.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5296)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 11 - 13;
soft rays: 15 - 17;
Vertebrae: 31 - 33. Dorsal fin XI-XIII.13-15 (rarely XI, XIII, or 15); incised between spinous and segmented-ray portions. Anal fin 11,15-17 (rarely 17). Pectoral fin 12-14 (usually 13). Segmented caudal-fin rays 13. Vertebrae 10 + 21-23. Dentary incisor teeth which includes anterior canines very similar in appearance with incisors, 49-59 in males and 53 to 63 in females, averaging more in females than males; posterior canines 0 or 1 (typically 1). Lateral line lacking vertical pairs of pores, extending posteriorly to point between verticals from 9th and 11th dorsal-fin spines, typically extending to or beyond 10th spine. With cirrus on posterior rim of anterior nostril; absent on anterior rim.
Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive (Ref. 205), and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal (Ref. 94114). Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters (Ref. 94114).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, distinct pairing (Ref. 205).
Springer, V.G., 1988. The Indo-Pacific blenniid fish genus Ecsenius. Smithson. Contrib. Zool. (465):134 p. (Ref. 5296)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 24.3 - 28.4, mean 26.6 (based on 101 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00741 (0.00332 - 0.01655), b=3.00 (2.81 - 3.19), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.0 ±0.00 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (12 of 100) .