Leopard Blenny - Exallias brevis - Sailfin Blenny - Honeycomb Blenny
Leopard Blenny - Exallias brevis: The Leopard Blenny is also referred to as the Leopard Rockskipper, Shortbodied Blenny, Sailfin Blenny, or Honeycomb Blenny. The body is white with a mottling of brown.
A 50 gallon or larger reef aquarium with small-polyped stony corals as a food source is ideal. It is territorial over its food source, and will usually find a crevice close by to defend its food source from members of its own species or other food competitors.
It is difficult to entice the Leopard Blenny to eat in an aquarium, and therefore, should only be kept by very experienced aquarists who can supply its special diet of stony coral polyps. It may begin to eat occasional frozen herbivore preparations, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, or mysid shrimp. If it does, it should be fed three times per day.The Leopard Blenny has a fringe of cirri running across the nape and a branched tentacle above both eyes. This species is white with small spots on the head, body and fins. The spots are brown in females and juveniles. Males have brown spots on the head and abdomen but red spots on the rest of the body. The dorsal and caudal fins of males are usually red. The Leopard Blenny grows to 14cm in length. It eats coral polyps.
Leopard Blenny is found on coral reefs throughout the Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is recorded from the central coast of Western Australia around the tropical north of the country and south to southern Queensland. Doesn't eat prepared foods well in captivity, but will eat corals.
The Leopard Blenny, is definately a popular species with Aquarist that keep fish only community tanks, as they cannot be kept in reef type tanks, as they feed on polyps of Acropora, Porites, Pocillopora, Seriatopora, and Millepora species.
Maximum Size: The Leopard Blenny Grows Up to 6 inches
General Size Specifications: The small size will come to you generally 1-1/2 - 3-1/2 inches not including the caudal fin.
Minimum Tank Size Suggested: The Leopard Blenny prefers a tank of at least 50 gallons with plenty of places to hide & swim.
Water Conditions: Keep water quality high (SG 1.020 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Temp. 72 - 78° F).
Environment: Leopard Blenny reef-associated; depth range 3 – 20 m
Habitat: The Leopard is found Near Fiji, Indo-Pacific, Red Sea to the Hawaiian, Marquesas, and Society islands, and Micronesia.
Feeding and Diet: It is difficult to entice the Leopard Blenny to eat in an aquarium, and therefore, should only be kept by very experienced aquarists who can supply its special diet of stony coral polyps. It may begin to eat occasional frozen herbivore preparations, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, or mysid shrimp. If it does, it should be fed three times per day.
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