Identification of lawnmower blenny

Discussion in 'Reef Fishes' started by Pszemol, Jun 14, 2004.

  1. Pszemol

    Pszemol Guest

    I am thinking about adding lawnmower blenny to my tank.
    I heard about great personality of this fish and great
    hair algae appetite people admire it for...

    One thing I am affraid to is miss-id this fish in LFS.
    Are they any characteristic details I can look at to
    not make a mistake buying a different fish?
    I have seen eyelash blenny on www.reeftopia.com and
    the picture is so similar I bet would never recognise
    which is which if I saw them both in one tank in LFS...

    Anyway - should I be worrying at all? Maybe all these
    fish have same great appetite for hair algae and the
    exact species is not very important? Will eyelash work
    as a "mower" on my live rock "lawn" as well??
     
    Pszemol, Jun 14, 2004
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  2. Pszemol

    Toni Guest

    "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    news:cajqc3.3m4.0@poczta.onet.pl...
    >
    > One thing I am affraid to is miss-id this fish in LFS.
    > Are they any characteristic details I can look at to
    > not make a mistake buying a different fish?
    > I have seen eyelash blenny on www.reeftopia.com and
    > the picture is so similar I bet would never recognise
    > which is which if I saw them both in one tank in LFS...
    >



    In my part of the country an eyelash blenny *is* an algae blenny *is* a rock
    blenny *is* a lawnmower blenny.

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    Toni, Jun 14, 2004
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  3. Pszemol

    Pszemol Guest

    "Toni" <Toni@nada.noway> wrote in message news:gykzc.8150$aG5.3395@bignews3.bellsouth.net...
    > "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    > news:cajqc3.3m4.0@poczta.onet.pl...
    > > One thing I am affraid to is miss-id this fish in LFS.
    > > Are they any characteristic details I can look at to
    > > not make a mistake buying a different fish?
    > > I have seen eyelash blenny on www.reeftopia.com and
    > > the picture is so similar I bet would never recognise
    > > which is which if I saw them both in one tank in LFS...

    >
    > In my part of the country an eyelash blenny *is* an algae
    > blenny *is* a rock blenny *is* a lawnmower blenny.


    Wow... that is new... Thanks! :)
     
    Pszemol, Jun 14, 2004
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  4. Pszemol

    CheezWiz Guest

    Be careful of Dragonets that are called blennies... I have seen that one too
    often.. And totally different diets..

    CW
    "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    news:cajqc3.3m4.0@poczta.onet.pl...
    > I am thinking about adding lawnmower blenny to my tank.
    > I heard about great personality of this fish and great
    > hair algae appetite people admire it for...
    >
    > One thing I am affraid to is miss-id this fish in LFS.
    > Are they any characteristic details I can look at to
    > not make a mistake buying a different fish?
    > I have seen eyelash blenny on www.reeftopia.com and
    > the picture is so similar I bet would never recognise
    > which is which if I saw them both in one tank in LFS...
    >
    > Anyway - should I be worrying at all? Maybe all these
    > fish have same great appetite for hair algae and the
    > exact species is not very important? Will eyelash work
    > as a "mower" on my live rock "lawn" as well??
     
    CheezWiz, Jun 14, 2004
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  5. Pszemol

    Pszemol Guest

    "CheezWiz" <cw@here.not.there> wrote in message news:CVozc.5985$vs1.3051@news02.roc.ny...
    > Be careful of Dragonets that are called blennies... I have
    > seen that one too often.. And totally different diets..


    How to tell the difference?
     
    Pszemol, Jun 15, 2004
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  6. Pszemol

    Toni Guest

    "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    news:cakqfk.2bo.1@poczta.onet.pl...
    > "CheezWiz" <cw@here.not.there> wrote in message

    news:CVozc.5985$vs1.3051@news02.roc.ny...
    > > Be careful of Dragonets that are called blennies... I have
    > > seen that one too often.. And totally different diets..

    >
    > How to tell the difference?





    The mouths on the "scooter blennies" are like the mouths on Mandarin
    Dragonets- rounder, smaller, and more suited to picking pods than combing
    algae. The algae eating blennies have a much wider, open mouth with the
    characteristic fangy looking things at the corners.

    Anyone have a good photo comparison site?


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    Toni, Jun 15, 2004
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  7. Pszemol

    Toni Guest

    Toni, Jun 15, 2004
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  8. Pszemol

    Boomer Guest

    Toni

    The Scotter Blenny is a Dragonet (Synchiropus ocellatus) family Callionymidae


    The Lawnmower Blenny is a ( Salarias fasciatus) family Bleniidae

    Both of the links you gave are a Lawnmower Blenny. The second image just has its mouth
    pulled in

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    "Toni" <Toni@nada.noway> wrote in message
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    :
    : "Toni" <Toni@nada.noway> wrote in message
    : news:jAqzc.25360$FC3.20333@bignews1.bellsouth.net...
    : >
    : > Anyone have a good photo comparison site?
    : >
    :
    :
    :
    : Best I could find in my time frame was
    :
    : Lawnmower Blenny
    : http://www.aquariumadvice.com/photopost/data/527/1418Lawnmower-med.JPG
    :
    : Scooter Blenny
    : http://www.exotictropicals.com/encyclo/marine/goby_ble/images/ScooterBlennyWMGo_U8.jpg
    :
    :
    : A bit more comprehensive search would turn up better face photos I'm sure.
    :
    :
    : --
    : Toni
    : http://www.cearbhaill.com/reef.htm
    :
    :
     
    Boomer, Jun 15, 2004
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  9. Pszemol

    CheezWiz Guest

    http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/prod_Display.cfm?siteid=21&pCatId=94



    "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    news:cajqc3.3m4.0@poczta.onet.pl...
    > I am thinking about adding lawnmower blenny to my tank.
    > I heard about great personality of this fish and great
    > hair algae appetite people admire it for...
    >
    > One thing I am affraid to is miss-id this fish in LFS.
    > Are they any characteristic details I can look at to
    > not make a mistake buying a different fish?
    > I have seen eyelash blenny on www.reeftopia.com and
    > the picture is so similar I bet would never recognise
    > which is which if I saw them both in one tank in LFS...
    >
    > Anyway - should I be worrying at all? Maybe all these
    > fish have same great appetite for hair algae and the
    > exact species is not very important? Will eyelash work
    > as a "mower" on my live rock "lawn" as well??
     
    CheezWiz, Jun 15, 2004
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  10. Pszemol

    Toni Guest

    "Boomer" <wcwing_nospam_@chartermi.net> wrote in message
    news:10csj3lm3h990c0@corp.supernews.com...
    >
    > Both of the links you gave are a Lawnmower Blenny. The second image just

    has its mouth
    > pulled in
    >



    Crap.

    Never try to find photos in a hurry!


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    http://www.cearbhaill.com/reef.htm
     
    Toni, Jun 15, 2004
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  11. Pszemol

    Boomer Guest

    I have done that and it won't be the last time either :) But at least you tried

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    "Toni" <Toni@nada.noway> wrote in message
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    :
    : "Boomer" <wcwing_nospam_@chartermi.net> wrote in message
    : news:10csj3lm3h990c0@corp.supernews.com...
    : >
    : > Both of the links you gave are a Lawnmower Blenny. The second image just
    : has its mouth
    : > pulled in
    : >
    :
    :
    : Crap.
    :
    : Never try to find photos in a hurry!
    :
    :
    : --
    : Toni
    : http://www.cearbhaill.com/reef.htm
    :
    :
     
    Boomer, Jun 16, 2004
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  12. Here is a Lawnmower Blenny:
    http://melevsreef.com/id/lawnmowerblenny.jpg

    And here is a scooter blenny:
    http://www.dfwmas.com/newsletters_html_format/2004July/lg_blenny.jpg

    Marc


    Toni wrote:

    > "Boomer" <wcwing_nospam_@chartermi.net> wrote in message
    > news:10csj3lm3h990c0@corp.supernews.com...
    >
    >>Both of the links you gave are a Lawnmower Blenny. The second image just

    >
    > has its mouth
    >
    >>pulled in
    >>

    >
    >
    >
    > Crap.
    >
    > Never try to find photos in a hurry!
    >
    >


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    Marc Levenson, Jul 19, 2004
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  13. Pszemol

    Fishnut Guest

    On Mon, 19 Jul 2004 21:12:01 GMT, Marc Levenson
    <melev_spam_phobic@swbell.net> wrote:

    >Here is a Lawnmower Blenny:
    >http://melevsreef.com/id/lawnmowerblenny.jpg
    >
    >And here is a scooter blenny:
    >http://www.dfwmas.com/newsletters_html_format/2004July/lg_blenny.jpg
    >
    >Marc
    >

    Hello Marc,

    As we all know, this is not a blenny, just duff info. from a crackpot,
    initially, perpetuated by everyone later using the same misleading
    "common" name. Perhaps you would like to be the first to find a more
    suitable "common" name ? LOL.

    Regards, Fishnut.
     
    Fishnut, Jul 21, 2004
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