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Western Australian black-head triplefin
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) >
(Triplefin blennies) > Tripterygiinae
Greek, ennea = nine times + Greek, pterygion = little fin (Ref.
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Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; demersal; non-migratory; depth range 0 - 12 m (Ref.
Southwest Pacific: Papua New Guinea and Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref.
(total): 14 - 17;
: 14 - 20. Male dusky red with black "mask" covering most of head, chest, and pectoral-fin base, about 5 whitish saddles/bars on back (a few extending on lower side), and white bar on pectoral-fin base (immediately posterior to black area). Female mainly brownish or greenish with white bars. Dorsal rays III + XI-XIV + 8-12; anal rays I,14-20; pectoral rays 14-18; pelvic rays I,2; lateral line interrupted, 14-20 + 13-20; head, chest, and pectoral-fin base scaleless; lobate orbital tentacle; mandibular pores 3-4 + 1-2 +3-4. Maximum size to 4.4 cm TL (Ref.
Adults occur at shallow depths, often seen associated with coralline rocks, seagrass or algae (Ref.
). Eggs are hemispherical and covered with numerous sticky threads that anchor them in the algae on the nesting sites (Ref.
). Larvae are planktonic which occur primarily in shallow, nearshore waters (Ref.
Life cycle and mating behavior
, 1994. Tripterygiid fishes of Australia, New Zealand and the southwest Pacific Ocean (Teleostei). Theses Zool. 24:1-585. (Ref.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref.
Least Concern (LC)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref.
): 23.3 - 29.3, mean 27.9 (based on 1065 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref.
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00550 (0.00248 - 0.01216), b=3.08 (2.89 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref.
Trophic Level (Ref.
): 3.1 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .
Luna, Susan M.
Luna, Susan M.
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