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Malacoctenus triangulatus  Springer, 1959

Saddled blenny
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Labrisomidae (Labrisomids)
Etymology: Malacoctenus: Greek, malakos = soft + Greek, kteis, ktenos = comb (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 40 m (Ref. 13121), usually 0 - 3 m (Ref. 9710).   Subtropical

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Western Atlantic: southern Florida (USA), Bahamas, and Yucatan (Mexico) to Brazil, including St. Paul's Rocks (Ref. 13121).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 13628)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 20 - 21; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-12; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 20 - 22. With 3-5 dark brownish-red bands in form of inverted triangles along side. No other labrisomid has this distinctive color pattern (Ref. 26938). Head with a few small dark spots; bars on body sometimes not very dark but outlined by dark bars; scattered dots then often present elsewhere on the body (Ref. 13442).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits coral reefs and rocky shores. Often found in crevices, or among weed and rubble (Ref. 13121). Feeds on crustaceans (Ref. 13628).

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Robins, C.R. and G.C. Ray, 1986. A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U.S.A. 354 p. (Ref. 7251)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 26.3 - 28.2, mean 27.5 (based on 645 cells; Ref. 115970).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.5   ±0.50 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .