The Atoll of Funafuti, Ellice group : its zoology, botany, ethnology and general structure based on collections made by Charles Hedley of the Australian Museum, Sydney, N.S.W.
Blenniidæ. — Salarias, Cuv. — Salarias marmoatus, Bennett
Salarias marmoatus, Bennett.
Salarias marmoratus, Bennett, sp., Zool. Journ., iv., p. 35; Günther, Fische der Südsee, p. 204, pl. cxvi., fig. b.
A nice series of this beautiful species was obtained (largest specimen 72millim.). Günther's figure gives an excellent representation of the fish; it may be remarked that the markings at the base of the second dorsal are in reality oblique lines directed page 191backwards and not isolated spots as shown. The white spots on the head-parts, present only in some examples, are raised tubercles. Each supra-orbital tentacle consists of a median tapering stem, whence arises a number of lateral filaments, which are larger and more numerous on the inner side. The nasal tentacles each comprise a short stalk and a palm-like portion terminating in 7-9 digitations. The occipital tentacles are simple. The short streak behind the eye, which Günther remarks is characteristic of the species is, in formol-preserved examples, of a deep blue colour.
Salarias quadricornis, Cuv.& Vol.
Salarias quadricomis, Cuv. & Val., Hist. Nat., xi., p. 329, pl. cccxxix.; Günther, Fische der Südsee, p. 209, pl. cxvii., fig. b.
The collection contains several examples, all small, however, as the largest one measures only 77millim. This species was exceedingly common, swarming in every rock pool, as indeed one might imagine by the fact of the natives having designated("Monaco") a fish not edible nor otherwise useful. When removed from the pools it skipped over the rocks in such a manner as to induce the belief that it was a Periopthahnus.