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Comprehensive Description

Biology

Adults are found in sheltered shoreline reefs, often in turbid water. They are found solitary or on live and dead coral (Ref. 90102). Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive (Ref. 205), and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal (Ref. 94114). Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters (Ref. 94114).
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Distribution

Western Central Pacific: Philippines.
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Western Pacific.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 18 - 21; Analspines: 2; Analsoft rays: 19 - 21
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Size

Max. size

13.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 90102))
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Diagnostic Description

Generally uniformly dark brownish, lacking spots on pectoral and caudal fins; Dorsal rays typically 19-20; anal rays typically 20; pectoral rays typically 15; segmented caudal rays 12-13, branched middle nine; nasal, supraorbital, and nape cirri branched or fringed with filaments; upper and lower lip margins smooth; occipital crest absent; last anal ray and caudal peduncle connected by membrane; body somewhat deep, depth at anal-fin origin 3.0-3.3 in SL (Ref. 90102).
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Type Information

Paratype for Salarias obscurus Bath
Catalog Number: USNM 315774
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): V. Springer & Smithsonian Team
Year Collected: 1978
Locality: Philippines, Palawan Prov., Cuyo I., Palawan, Philippines, Pacific
Depth (m): 1 to 1
  • Paratype: Bath, H. 1992. Senckenbergiana Biologica. 72 (4/6): 225, 1-3.
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Holotype for Salarias obscurus Bath
Catalog Number: USNM 218705
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Preparation: Photograph; Radiograph
Collector(s): V. Springer & Smithsonian Team
Year Collected: 1978
Locality: Philippines, Palawan Prov., Cuyo I., Palawan, Philippines, Pacific
Depth (m): 1 to 1
  • Holotype: Bath, H. 1992. Senckenbergiana Biologica. 72 (4/6): 225, 1-3.
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Paratype for Salarias obscurus Bath
Catalog Number: USNM 279624
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): V. Springer & Smithsonian Team
Year Collected: 1978
Locality: Philippines, Palawan Prov., Cuyo I., Palawan, Philippines, Pacific
Depth (m): 1 to 1
  • Paratype: Bath, H. 1992. Senckenbergiana Biologica. 72 (4/6): 225, 1-3.
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

demersal; marine; depth range 0 - 6 m (Ref. 90102)
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Depth range based on 6 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 6 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 0.9 - 3
  Temperature range (°C): 28.409 - 28.409
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.617 - 0.617
  Salinity (PPS): 33.821 - 33.821
  Oxygen (ml/l): 4.450 - 4.450
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.129 - 0.129
  Silicate (umol/l): 1.900 - 1.900

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Depth range (m): 0.9 - 3
 
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Life History and Behavior

Life Cycle

Oviparous, distinct pairing (Ref. 205).
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
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Wikipedia

Salarias obscurus

Salarias obscurus is a species of combtooth blenny found in the western central Pacific ocean.[1]

References

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). "Salarias obscurus" in FishBase. February 2013 version.
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