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The Wonderful Tail-Spot Blenny (Ecsenius stigmatura)

Species Spotlight - The Wonderful Tail-Spot Blenny (Ecsenius stigmatura)
In fish, sometimes what a particular species lacks in stature they make up for tenfold in personality. A perfect example of this phenomenon is the adorable and gregarious 2.5-inch Tail-Spot Blenny, Ecsenius stigmatura. Before delving into this particular blennys mannerisms, let's take a moment to appreciate the beautiful colors and patterns of this fish, as its quite stunning. Its etymological derivation of both its scientific and common nomenclature stemming from their marked tail - dark caudal spots splash across both sides of their rear, The Tail-Spot Blenny also displays distinct subocular markings brightly against its coppery little body. Bright yellow-rimmed eyes and translucent fins are also of note. The hardy, omnivorous little guy hails from the Indo-Pacific seas of the Philippines.

While its pretty obvious to us that this is an attractive fish, the real treasure of adding E. stigmatura to your tank is the little bang of personality youll get in return! A bold and social species, youll often catch it wriggling about the tank in a serpentine manner, his long graceful body moving effortlessly throughout the water column to find the perfect rock or coral to perch upon. From there, theyll observe their surroundings alertly -- youll oftentimes find them staring right back at you with their animated gaze. Empty shells and crevices become safe havens for the Tail-Spot Blenny in a tank riddled with the chaos of larger fishes, and while generally considered peaceful, theyre not afraid to protect their selected abode. While this species is brave and extroverted, take care not to house them with overly aggressive fishes, or youll find your blenny will take to hiding and develop a more timid demeanor. Use caution when housing this blenny with other small benthic fishes, as theyre quite territorial and may fight with certain gobies, hawkfishes, dragonets or anything else that crawls about (this especially holds true in smaller tanks). In addition to their amusing antics, E. stigmatura serves as a member of the cleanup crew, feeding on detritus and algae in addition to dried and frozen foods.

While this fish sounds dreamy and ultimately expensive, youll be pleased to find the Tail-Spot Blenny is an affordable addition to your aquatic collection.