Pholidichthys leucotaenia

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Common Name
Convict Blenny
Binomial Name
Pholidichthys leucotaenia
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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Pholidichthyidae
Genus: Pholidichthys
Species: leucotaenia

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Common Names

  • Convict Blenny
  • Engineer Goby



The Convict Blenny is very slender and "eel like" in appearance it is predominantly black to dark blue and white, as they mature the horizontal stripes become vertical bars and blotches. Although commonly named Convict Blenny and Engineer Goby they are actually from neither family and belong to the Pholidichthyidae Family

Similar Species

Similar in appearance to Plotosus lineatus

Maximum Size

Max length : 34.0 cm

Associated Organisms

Anything that lives in symbiosis, parasitic or opportunistically with it.


Convict Blennies may dig a series of tunnels and burrows in substrate around and under live rock, if introduced in groups they may form shoals. These fish mix well with most other species.

Captive Care

Tank Size

The size of tank suitable for it, including reasoning behind this judgment.

Water Flow

Type and amount of water flow suitable for it.


How much lighting is required for it.


Daily feeding of frozen, fresh or live Mysis Shrimp or Brine shrimp , meaty prepared foods and commercially available pellets and flakes.

Growth Rate

How quickly it will grow under various conditions.


Things that adversely effect it, such as bacterial infections, parasites etc.


Addition things / items that are important for care in captivity.




Can be housed with most other species, avoid large predators.


Coral safe


Mature specimens may eat ornamental shrimp.


There has been reports of succesfull breeding in the home aquarium.

Local Ecology


Western Central Pacific: Philippines south to the Solomon Islands. Absent from Australia. ..[1]


Inhabits shallow lagoon and coastal reefs. Forms schools that are often found under ledges or around coral heads.

Additional Information

Some additional notes on it that don't fit in the above sections.



  1. Pholidichthys leucotaenia- FishBase