Invasion History

First Non-native North American Tidal Record:
First Non-native West Coast Tidal Record:
First Non-native East/Gulf Coast Tidal Record:

General Invasion History:


North American Invasion History:




Taxonomic Tree

Kingdom:   Animalia
Phylum:   Chordata
Subphylum:   Vertebrata
Superclass:   Osteichthyes
Class:   Actinopterygii
Subclass:   Neopterygii
Infraclass:   Teleostei
Superorder:   Acanthopterygii
Order:   Perciformes
Suborder:   Blennioidei
Family:   Blenniidae
Genus:   Omobranchus
Species:   punctatus


Petroskirtes japonicus (Bleeker, 1869)
Aspidontus dasson (Jordan and Snyder, 1902)
Blennius punctatus (Fabricius, 1780)
Omobranchus japonicus scalaius (J. L. B. Smith, 1959)
Petroscirtes dispar (Gunther, 1861)
Petroscirtes kochi : (Weber, 1908)
Petroscirtes masyae (H. M. Smith, 1934)
Petroscirtes semilineatus (Kner, 1868)
Poroalticus sewalli (Fowler, 1931)
Salarias decipiens (DeVis, 1884)
Salarias helenae (DeVis, 1884)
Salarias sindensis (Day, 1888)

Potentially Misidentified Species




Trophic Status:




General HabitatOyster ReefNone
General HabitatMarinas & DocksNone
General HabitatRockyNone
General HabitatCoral reefNone
General HabitatMangrovesNone
General HabitatCanalsNone
Salinity RangeMesohaline5-18 PSU
Salinity RangePolyhaline18-30 PSU
Salinity RangeEuhaline30-40 PSU
Tidal RangeSubtidalNone
Tidal RangeLow IntertidalNone
Vertical HabitatNektonicNone
Vertical HabitatEpibenthicNone

Tolerances and Life History Parameters

Broad Temperature RangeNoneWarm temperate-Tropical
Broad Salinity RangeNoneMesohaline-Euhaline

General Impacts

Regional Distribution Map

Bioregion Region Name Year Invasion Status Population Status
CIO-I None 1836 Native Estab
NWP-3a None 0 Native Estab
SP-VII None 0 Native Estab
AUS-XII None 0 Native Estab
IP-1 None 0 Native Estab
NWP-3b None 0 Native Estab
EAS-VIII None 0 Native Estab
EAS-I None 0 Native Estab
EAS-VI None 0 Native Estab
AUS-XIV None 0 Native Estab
CIO-IV None 0 Native Estab
CIO-II None 0 Native Estab
AUS-I None 0 Native Estab
CAR-III None 1930 Def Estab
AUS-X None 0 Native Estab
NWP-2 None 0 Native Estab
EA-III None 1978 Def Unk
EA-IV None 1959 Def Unk
SP-I None 0 Native Estab
EAS-III None 0 Native Estab
AG-1 None 0 Native Estab
CIO-VI None 0 Native Estab
CIO-V None 0 Native Estab
SP-III None 0 Native Estab
AUS-II None 0 Native Estab
AUS-III None 0 Native Estab
AG-3 None 0 Native Estab
SA-II None 2004 Def Estab
SA-III None 2002 Def Estab
MED-V None 2003 Def Unk
RS-3 None 1980 Def Unk
SA-IV None 2008 Def Estab
PAN_CAR Panama Caribbean Coast 1930 Def Estab

Occurrence Map

OCC_ID Author Year Date Locality Status Latitude Longitude


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