Cirripectes castaneusChestnut Blenny | Chestnut Eyelash-blenny | Spotted-chin Blenny
Blunt head and relatively heavy body. Base colour variable brown. Head with dark oblique bars edged with red, which may continue onto body as bars or large spots. Fringe-like line of cirri on nape and eye reddish. Usually on reef crests and surge zones of reefs. Like most Cirripectes species, sits motionless on reef until approached then rapidly darts for cover making identification difficult.
Max Size: 13 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 22.5-30.8°C
Habitat Generalization Index: 2.81
Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.
Conservation and Rarity
IUCN Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Infrequent (6.3% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Few (5 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: Joe Shields