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Blennioidei

[‚ble·nē′ȯi·dē‚ī]
(vertebrate zoology)
A large suborder of small marine fishes in the order Perciformes that live principally in coral and rock reefs.

Blennioidei

 

a suborder of fishes of the order Perciformes. Body length, usually 10–50 cm. The pelvic fins of most species are located on the throat and have a spine and no more than four soft rays; in some species pelvic fins are absent. They are littoral, bottom-dwelling fishes; many populate the tidal zone of the littoral, hiding during low tide under rocks, among algae, and in depressions filled with water. There are two superfamilies, comprising 20 families. The superfamily Stichaeoidae includes the families Lumpenidae, Pholidae, Anarrhichadidae, and Stichaeidae; the superfamily Blennioidae includes the families Tripterygiidae, Blenniidae, and Clinidae. The fishes can crawl onto dry land, moving themselves by jumping with their fins.

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Following the season's recruitment, control and experimental quadrats (within each size) subsequently tracked each other in blennioid composition and abundance throughout the rest of the year.
Blennioid responses to these types of influences were likely to be local (i.
Multi-scale analysis of habitat association in a guild of blennioid fishes.
In this paper we consider the importance of scale in the response to disturbance of a guild (sensu Root 1967) of temperate blennioids (Pisces: Blennioidei) on rocky reefs in northeastern New Zealand.
Most temperate blennioids are short lived, maturing in their first year.
To provide initial descriptions of the guilds, thirty-six 10 x 5 m transects were randomly sampled at each study site and all blennioids recorded.
Preliminary censusing indicated that some quadrats consistently held higher numbers of resident blennioids than others.
Quadrats were initially censused three times to establish baseline abundances then all resident blennioids were removed from the treatment quadrats with a handspear.
Blennioids have been shown to have species-specific associations with micro-scale (centimeters to tens of centimeters) habitat features relating to the degree of shelter afforded the fish ([ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 2 OMITTED], Syms 1995).
Blennioids are short lived fish, subject to spatial and temporal variability in recruitment and, importantly, postsettlement mortality (Connell and Jones 1991).