Paralticus amboinensis (Bleeker, 1857)
Ambon rockskipper
Big-nose blenny
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Family:  Blenniidae (Combtooth blennies), subfamily: Salariinae
Max. size:  16 cm TL (male/unsexed); 10.6 cm SL (female)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 0 - 1 m
Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: known only from northeastern Sabah east to western New Guinea at Biak Island and Geelvink [=Sarera or Cenderawasih] Bay.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 12-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 17-20; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 18-20. Large bushy tentacles above the eyes and the broad rounded snout (Ref. 48636).
Biology:  In sheltered bays and lagoons, on rocky reefs and commonly found under jetties on the pylons near the surface (Ref. 48636); also found along semi-exposed rocky shorelines (Ref. 1602). Also found in mangroves and on shoreline reefs. Solitary (Ref. 90102) but also occurs in small groups (Ref. 48636). Oviparous (Ref. 205). Eggs are demersal and adhesive (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 27 March 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Type locality: Ambon (Ref. 48636). Recorded from Bali, Maumere Bay, Komodo, Togean and Banggai Islands and Sangalakki Island; with an Indonesian distribution from Papua to Kalimantan (Ref. 47567). Museum: Sangi I., ZMA 120.374. Moluccas, NMW 73245. Ambon, BPBM 19277; RMNH 4781 (the largest may be the holotype of Salarias amboinensis); ZMUC P.75494; ZMA 120.373. Irian Jaya, Weigo, ZMA 120.372. Doreh, RMNH 4659 (probable holotype of S. goesii). Salawati, ANSP 81567. Biak, MSNG 39681; USNM 293299. Geelvink Bay, MSNG 38359 (Ref. 9962). Also Ref. 90102.

Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 15.07.92
Modified by: Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz - 02.06.13

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