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n. pl. blen·nies
Any of numerous small chiefly marine bottom-feeding fishes of the suborder Blennioidei, having elongated bodies and often kept as aquarium fish.

[Latin blennius, a kind of sea fish, from Greek blennos, slime, blenny; see mel- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -nies
1. (Animals) any blennioid fish of the family Blenniidae of coastal waters, esp of the genus Blennius, having a tapering scaleless body, a long dorsal fin, and long raylike pelvic fins
2. (Animals) any of various related fishes
[C18: from Latin blennius, from Greek blennos slime; from the mucus that coats its body]


(ˈblɛn i)

n., pl. -nies.
any of several small, spiny-finned fishes of the family Blenniidae, having a long, tapering body.
[1745–55; < Latin blennius a kind of fish < Greek blénnos slime, mucus]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blenny - small usually scaleless fishes with comb-like teeth living about rocky shoresblenny - small usually scaleless fishes with comb-like teeth living about rocky shores; are territorial and live in holes between rocks
blennioid, blennioid fish - elongated mostly scaleless marine fishes with large pectoral fins and reduced pelvic fins
Blenniidae, family Blenniidae - a family of fish including: combtooth blennies
Blennius pholis, shanny - European scaleless blenny
Molly Miller, Scartella cristata - inhabits both coasts of tropical Atlantic
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Also known as poison-fang blennies or saber-tooth blennies, these fish belong to the genus Meiacanthus, and are frequently seen in aquariums.
Earle (1980) described the surfaces of rocks at deeper depths (> 20 m) to be covered by a "jungle of red (algae), 15 to 30 cm high," while noting high grazing activity by herbivorous fish (surgeonfish, parrotfish, girellids, blennies, gobies, and others) in warmer, shallow waters (<20 m) above the thermocline.
Labrisomus xanti was not recorded in a detailed systematic treatment of related blennies from the Pacific coast of South America (Stephens and Springer 1974), and to our knowledge no specimens from south of Mexico exist.
Blennies scooted in a dozen directions around the pitted worm rock while a stone crab clicked his claws from under a ledge.
Other abundant nonfishery species were mud crabs (family Xanthidae), portly spider crab (Libinia emarginata), blennies (suborder Blennioidei), pinfish (Lagodon rhomboides), and oyster toadfish (Opsanus tau).
Native reefs are teeming with wrasse, gobies, blennies, and juvenile sharks and other large oceangoing species which use them as nurseries.
Fish such as gobies, blennies, butterfish and scorpion fish also live here.
Whilst the goosander is tied to freshwater, the merganser will spend much of its time fishing in our coastal waters for blennies, rocklings and other inshore fish during winter.
In calm water, small reef fish called blennies manage to catch the twitchy crustaceans in only about one strike out of three.