Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Blenniiformes
(Blennies) > Tripterygiidae
(Triplefin blennies) > Tripterygiinae
Etymology: Enneapterygius: Greek, ennea = nine times + Greek, pterygion = little fin (Ref. 45335). More on author: Fricke.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; non-migratory; depth range 0 - 12 m (Ref. 13227). Tropical
Southwest Pacific: Papua New Guinea and Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 13227)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 14 - 17;
soft rays: 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. 90102).
Adults occur at shallow depths, often seen associated with coralline rocks, seagrass or algae (Ref. 13227). Eggs are hemispherical and covered with numerous sticky threads that anchor them in the algae on the nesting sites (Ref. 240). Larvae are planktonic which occur primarily in shallow, nearshore waters (Ref. 94114).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Fricke, R., 1994. Tripterygiid fishes of Australia, New Zealand and the southwest Pacific Ocean (Teleostei). Theses Zool. 24:1-585. (Ref. 13227)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 23.3 - 29.3, mean 27.9 °C (based on 1065 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00550 (0.00246 - 0.01227), b=3.08 (2.89 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.3 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 1070 [486, 2,296] mg/100g ; Iron = 1.76 [1.04, 3.57] mg/100g ; Protein = 18.1 [16.9, 19.1] % ; Omega3 = 0.255 [0.122, 0.546] g/100g ; Selenium = 46.8 [18.8, 109.4] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 29.5 [10.3, 88.1] μg/100g ; Zinc = 2.3 [1.4, 3.6] mg/100g (wet weight);