| Ecological Descriptors
| Co, R, S
Single unbranched cirrus above each eye and on either side of nape. Sharply pointed snout (like most Malacoctenus spp). Body is usually mottled and speckled in shades of grey/ browm. can display irregular dark body bars. Without oblique bars on underside of jaw (cf Saddled Blenny)
Male: Red spots and markings plus blue spots on underside of head and cheeks.
Female: Female with irregular brown blotches, or bars dorsally on body, speckled with small spots, the dorsal fin with many small dark spots. However generally indistinct.
Occurs in a wide variety of shoreline habitats and patch reefs. Found in sponge beds in shallow waters and grassy areas plus mangroves. males are teritorial.
In nuptial colours the male develops a deep red throat.
Male Nuptial Colours