Maldives blenny
  • Ecsenius minutus
  • EnglishName: Maldives blenny
  • Local Name : Dhivehi venfunna
  • Size : Max. 5 cm
  • Family: BLENNIIDAE
  • Order : Perciformes
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 12-13 spines and 13-14 rays. Anal fin with 2 spines and 15-16 rays. Pectoral rays 12-14. Segmented caudal rays 13. Snout over-hanging mouth.
  • Colour: Light brown with diffuse white spots posteriorly and dark blotches anteriorly. Cheek with yellow dots. Dark brown curving line on opercle. Eye with white ring and radiating spokes.
  • Habitat and Biology: A common reef species. Feed on filamentous algae, and the tiny animals associated with it.
  • Distribution: Maldives.
  • Remarks: Ecsenius minutus is one of the very few fishes known only from the Maldives. As the scientific name suggests this is a small species, which is believed to reach less than about 5 cm in total length.