Blackback Snake Blenny, Ophiclinus gracilis Waite, 1906
Dark Backed Snake Blenny
The Blackback Snake Blenny is a small, cryptic species that occurs in shallow rubbly areas of Australian temperate coastal waters.
This small species is white to yellowish with a dark band along the sides of the body. Pale blotches appear posteriorly. The caudal fin is dark with a pale margin.
It is an Australian endemic species.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
- Gomon, M.F., Bray, D. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 2008. The Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Reed New Holland. Pp. 928.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.