blennie sphinx

Scientific name Aidablennius sphynx
Descriptor Valencienne
Year of description 1836
IUCN category LC
Family Blenniidae
Genus Aidablennius
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Aidablennius sphynx, commonly known as blennie sphinx, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    6 cm
  • Maximum size
    8 cm
  • Shape
  • Mimicry
  • Average size
    6 cm
  • Maximum size
    8 cm
  • Shape
  • Mimicry

How to recognize the blennie sphinx ?

The blennie sphinx measures between 6 and 8 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly marron and beige body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    omnivorous with alguivorous tendency
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The blennie sphinx is a fish solitary naturally found on the bottom. This species is omnivorous with alguivorous tendency .

Although the blennie sphinx is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species. In a constant quest for dominance, the dominant males of this species cannot stand each other. The battle between two individuals can be intense and violent. It will result in the submission and sometimes even death of one of the protagonists.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond sur substrat caché

The blennie sphinx is a fish ovipare qui pond sur substrat caché.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Depth
    0 - 4 m

Biotope presentation

The blennie sphinx is most often found at a depth between 0m and 4m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Not recommended

We do not recommend keeping this species in an aquarium. It has unpredictable needs which, if not met, generate significant stress, potentially leading to a shorter life expectancy, an interruption of its growth or the development of pathogens.

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