Cirripectes variolosus

Red-speckled blenny | Banded Fringe Blenny | Red-tipped Fringe Blenny
Cirripectes variolosus
Cirripectes variolosus, Samoa, Photo: Graham Edgar
Cirripectes variolosus
Cirripectes variolosus, Samoa, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Cirripectes variolosus
Cirripectes variolosus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Dark eye with silver iris. Males dark brown with red dots and dashes on head and body. Females light brown without distinctive markings except for a few faint dots and dashes on head.


Max Size: 10 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 22.5-30.1°C

Depth: 0-31m

Habitat Generalization Index: 3.27

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 (5.9% 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: Several (6 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields