Omobranchus fasciolatus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Omobranchus fasciolatus
Species Authority: (Valenciennes, 1836)
Common Name(s):
English Arab Blenny
Blennechis fasciolatus Valenciennes, 1836

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-03-27
Assessor(s): Chao, N.L., Fricke, R., McEachran, J. & Williams, J.
Reviewer(s): Collen, B., Richman, N., Beresford, A., Chenery, A. & Ram, M.
Contributor(s): De Silva, R., Milligan, H., Lutz, M., Batchelor, A., Jopling, B., Kemp, K., Lewis, S., Lintott, P., Sears, J., Wilson, P., Smith, J. & Livingston, F.
Omobranchus fasciolatus has been assessed as Least Concern. This broadly distributed species is known from a number of habitat types and is not known to face any major threats. It has been described as common in areas of its range.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Omobranchus fasciolatus is distributed from Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius northwards along the east African coast to the Red Sea, Persian Gulf and Gulf of Kutch. It is disputed whether this species occurs in the Seychelles (Froese and Pauly 2007).
Comoros; Djibouti; Egypt; Eritrea; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Kenya; Madagascar; Mauritius; Mozambique; Oman; Pakistan; Réunion; Saudi Arabia; Somalia; Sudan; Tanzania, United Republic of; United Arab Emirates; Yemen
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – western
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Population [top]

Population: Omobranchus fasciolatus is common in shallow estuarine waters.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Omobranchus fasciolatus is a bottom dwelling species associated with volcanic rock and is found in intertidal coastal rocky reefs. This species has occasionally been found on corals. This species is found to a depth of 3 m.
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known major threats for Omobranchus fasciolatus.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known species-specific conservation measures in place, or needed, for Omobranchus fasciolatus, however it may be found to occur in a number of marine protected areas.

Citation: Chao, N.L., Fricke, R., McEachran, J. & Williams, J. 2010. Omobranchus fasciolatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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