Ecsenius tigris

Tiger combtooth blenny | Tiger Blenny
Ecsenius tigris
Ecsenius tigris, Bouganville Reef, Coral Sea, Photo: Graham Edgar
Ecsenius tigris
Ecsenius tigris, Herald Cay, Coral Sea, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Ecsenius tigris
Ecsenius tigris




Tan colouration, short dark bars along back with intervening white spots. Mid lateral row of white dashes with second row of short dark bars on body below. Similar E. alleni (Allen’s Combtooth Blenny) has a white-edged black spot on pectoral base and is only found in the north-western Australia. Endemic to eastern Australia and the eastern Coral Sea.


Max Size: 5 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 24.5-30.4°C

Depth: 0-10m

Habitat Generalization Index: 1.22

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 (6.0% 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 (2 per transect)

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

Edit by: Joe Shields