Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Blenniidae
(Combtooth blennies) > Salariinae
Etymology: Ecsenius: Greek, exenios, -os, -on = uncontrolled, immoderate; tricolor: Name from the Latin 'tri-' meaning 3, and 'color', referring to the three stripes on the head; noun in apposition.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 1 - 10 m (Ref. 48636). Tropical
Western Central Pacific: Philippines and Borneo.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 48636)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Has a distinctive blue-white line below the eye that usually continues over the axil to above the anus on the body, bordered by a bright orange one below over the gill section. Head deep blue, continuing and gradually changing on the body to bright orange on the tail (Ref. 48636).
Adults inhabit seaward and sheltered reefs (Ref. 90102). They occur in coral rich habitats at about 10 m depth, usually among Acropora branches (Ref. 48636). 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. and G.R. Allen, 2001. Ecsenius ops, from Indonesia, and E. tricolor, from western Philippines and northwestern Kalimantan, new species of blenniid fishes in the stigmatura species group. Aqua, J. Ichthyol. Aquat. Biol. 4(4):151-160. (Ref. 55736)
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
): 28.5 - 29.3, mean 28.8 (based on 721 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) .