SCALY BLENNIES
LABRISOMIDAE
Rosy Blenny
Malacoctenus macropus
    Ecological Descriptors
Habitat Size (cm) Diet Behaviour Sex 
Co, R, S 5.5 Cru, Wor Ter F
Description:
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.

Ecology
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.

Life Cycle
In nuptial colours the male develops a deep red throat.
Rosy Blenny
Male Nuptial Colours
Rosy Blenny
Female
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