Malacoctenus gigasis commonly referred to as Sonora blenny. Difficulty in the aquarium: There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.
lexID: 8671 AphiaID: 281497 Scientific: Malacoctenus gigas German: Beschuppter Schleimfisch English: Sonora Blenny Category: Blennies Family tree: Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Labrisomidae (Family) > Malacoctenus (Genus) > gigas (Species) Initial determination: Springer, 1959 Occurrence: Eastern Pacific Ocean, Gulf of California, Mexico (East Pacific) Size: up to 5.12" (13 cm) Temperature: 71.6 °F - 80.6 °F (22°C - 27°C) Food: Invertebrates, Zoobenthos Difficulty: There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully Offspring: None Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown CITES: Not evaluated Related species at Catalog of Life:
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Created: 2015-08-12 10:19:52
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Very special thanks for the first photo of Malacoctenus gigas to Scott Trageser, http://www.naturestills.com/.
The Sonora blenny is endemic to the tropical Eastern Pacific and is found in the western and north-eastern Gulf of California,USA.
Malacoctenus gigas is a reef-associated species, that inhabits shallow reefs, and lives among seaweed to depths of 5 meters, where it feed benthic on invertebrates.
The Sonora blenny is one of the most common shallow reef blennioids in the northern Gulf of California!
Source: IUCN Red List
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopteri (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Blennioidei (Suborder) > Labrisomidae (Family) > Malacoctenus (Genus) > Malacoctenus gigas (Species)
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