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Forsterygion malcolmi  Hardy, 1987

Mottled triplefin
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Tripterygiidae (Triplefin blennies) > Tripterygiinae
Etymology: malcolmi: The genus is named after J.R. Forster, naturalist on Cook's second voyage to New Zealand. malcolmi named after Malcolm Francis, collector of the holotype of this species.

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Marine; demersal; depth range 2 - 35 m (Ref. 13227), usually 10 - 25 m (Ref. 9003).   Temperate

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Southwest Pacific: endemic to New Zealand.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 13227)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 27 - 32; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-16; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 26 - 30; Vertebrae: 43 - 47. Body elongated, laterally compressed posteriorly; mouth strongly angled upward; notched scales absent; short, distally complex gill rakers, body yellow with a broad, black stripe extending along upper side of body. Dorsal fin formula V-0N-0-1-0-1. Six procurrent rays in upper lobe, 10 in lower lobe; in upper caudal lobe, one procurrent ray between upper lobe and posterior epural, 4 rays opposite epurals, 1 anterior first epural; in lower lobe, 1 procurrent ray between lower lobe and haemal spine of second preural vertebra, 4 opposite haemal spine of second preural vertebra, 5 anterior to haemal spine of second preural vertebra (Ref. 84085). Head and gill cover olive brown with pale stripes, body with 6 broad reddish vertical bands with irregular white bands between. Anterior bands extending to the dorsal fin (Ref. 9003).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Adults are abundant on rocky reefs from 10 to 25m, recorded from 2 to 33m (Ref. 84085). They occur in low tide pools and subtidal areas and prefer overhangs and holes containing sponges and bryozoans (Ref. 9003). Juveniles are found in shallow waters, while adults are more abundant in deeper waters. They feed mainly on crustaceans and small gastropods (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).

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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. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 15.5 - 18.1, mean 16.6 (based on 10 cells; Ref. 115970).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5039   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00646 (0.00334 - 0.01248), b=3.09 (2.91 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.4   ±0.54 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (24 of 100) .