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Axoclinus multicinctus Allen and Robertson, 1992
Multi-barred triplefin

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Axoclinus multicinctus
© Copyright Ross Robertson, 2006 · 12
Axoclinus multicinctus

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Axoclinus multicinctus
© Copyright Ross Robertson, 2006 · 12
Axoclinus multicinctus
Axoclinus multicinctus
© Copyright Ross Robertson, 2006 · 12
Axoclinus multicinctus

Main identification features
  • body: 3 double bars; tail base - black bar
  • male: black c
Dorsal rays III+XII+9-10, segmented rays unbranched except last ray branched at base; anal rays II, 18; pectoral rays 15; pelvic rays I, 2; a few spines between eye; lateral line gradually descending from upper edge of gill cover to midlateral axis; lateral line with 23-24 tubed scales followed by 11-12 notched scales; scales above lateral line about as long as wide; total scales in longitudinal series 34-35; a small pointed cirrus on upper edge of eye; scales absent on head, breast, belly, and base of pectoral fins.

Body with three sets of "double" reddish-brown bars and intense black band on tail base; pale interspaces between bars with narrow, faint brown bar through its center; a small dark brown spot just posterior to upper pectoral base; outer half of first dorsal fin and tail fin of males dusky blackish.

Size: reaches about 3 cm.

Habitat: rocky reefs.

Depth: 1-20 m.

Known only from the Revillagigedos Islands.

Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos).
Depth Range Max: 20 m.
Depth Range Min: 1 m.
Diet: mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves; mobile benthic worms; mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs).
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=20; Southern limit=19; Western limit=-115; Eastern limit=-111; Latitudinal range=1; Longitudinal range=4.
Egg Type: Benthic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Carnivore.
FishBase Habitat: Demersal.
Global Endemism: Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic; East Pacific endemic; All species.
Habitat: Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom); Rocks; Reef (rock &/or coral); Reef only.
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 3 cm.
Regional Endemism: Island (s) only; Island (s); TEP endemic; TEP oceanic island (s) endemic; Revillagigedos Islands endemic; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Marine; Marine Only.
Water Column Position: Bottom; Bottom only;

Scientific source:

Links to other sites

  • Allen , G.R. and Robertson, D.R., 1992., Three new species of triplefins (Pisces: Tripterygiidae) from Malpelo and Socorro Islands, in the tropical eastern Pacific., Revue Francaise de Aquariologie, 19:53-56.
  • Castro-Aguirre, J.L. and Balart, E.F., 2002., La ictiofauna de las islas Revillagigedos y sus relaciones zoogeograficas, con comentarios acerca de su origen y evolucion. En: Lozano-Vilano, M. L. (Ed.). Libro Jubilar en Honor al Dr. Salvador Contreras Balderas., Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo León:153-170.
  • Smith , D. G. and Williams, J. T., 2002., History and status of the genera Enneanectes and Axoclinus (Teleostei: Blennioidei: Tripterygiidae)., Zootaxa, 105:1-10.


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