Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Blenniiformes
(Blennies) > Tripterygiidae
(Triplefin blennies) > Tripterygiinae
Etymology: Lepidonectes: Greek, lepis = scale + Greek, nektos = swimming (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 1 - 12 m (Ref. 5227). Tropical
Southeast Pacific: endemic to the Galapagos Islands.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5227)
Adults live in rocky reefs, boulder strewn slopes and walls (Ref. 5227). Males occupy territories of less than 50 cm diameter, on vertical or overhanging rock faces, from November through February. Females leave the territory after spawning, but the male continues to court and to spawn with other females in his territory while guarding the previously spawned egg masses from predators like wrasses and gobies (Ref. 28023). 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
Allen, G.R. and D.R. Robertson, 1994. Fishes of the tropical eastern Pacific. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu. 332 p. (Ref. 11482)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 23.5 - 25.6, mean 23.9 °C (based on 19 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00562 (0.00256 - 0.01233), 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
): 2.6 ±0.2 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.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 178 [101, 385] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.938 [0.592, 1.572] mg/100g ; Protein = 18.8 [17.8, 19.9] % ; Omega3 = 0.124 [0.070, 0.218] g/100g ; Selenium = 31.2 [15.3, 60.8] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 82.1 [27.8, 232.8] μg/100g ; Zinc = 1.94 [1.31, 2.88] mg/100g (wet weight);