Cirripectes vanderbilti 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Blenniidae

Scientific Name: Cirripectes vanderbilti (Fowler, 1938)
Common Name(s):
English Red-head Blenny
Ophioblennius capillus Reid, 1943
Ophioblennius vanderbilti Fowler, 1938
Taxonomic Source(s): Eschmeyer, W.N. (ed.). 2014. Catalog of Fishes. Updated 27 August 2014. Available at: (Accessed: 27 August 2014).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2009-03-24
Assessor(s): Williams, J.T.
Reviewer(s): Polidoro, B. & Carpenter, K.E.
This species is locally abundant throughout its range with no known threats and occurs in a number of marine protected areas in parts of its distribution. It is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is found around the Hawaiian and Johnston islands.
Countries occurrence:
United States (Hawaiian Is.); United States Minor Outlying Islands
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – eastern central
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):11
Upper depth limit (metres):1
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Population [top]

Population:This species is common and locally abundant (J. Williams pers comm. 2009).
Current Population Trend:Stable
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is often the most common blenny on shallow reefs. It feeds on benthic algae and detritus (Randall 1985). Its preferred habitat includes coral reefs and hard bottoms (1-11 m.).

Species of the genus Cirripectes are small agile herbivores, commonly observed in shallow surge-zone habitats (Carlson 1980).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats known for this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no specific conservation measures in place for this species. Its distribution overlaps several marine protected areas within its range.

Citation: Williams, J.T. 2014. Cirripectes vanderbilti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T48342499A48407219. . Downloaded on 21 September 2018.
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