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Enneapterygius tutuilae  Jordan & Seale, 1906

High-hat Triplefin
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Tripterygiidae (Triplefin blennies) > Tripterygiinae
Etymology: Enneapterygius: Greek, ennea = nine times + Greek, pterygion = little fin (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Jordan, Seale.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 55 m (Ref. 90102).   Tropical

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Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa (Ref. 33390) to the Philippines and Taiwan (Ref. 27223), south to Papua New Guinea, Australia, then east to New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, and American Samoa.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 48636)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 13 - 16; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7-10; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 15 - 20. Identified by the tall first dorsal fin that is white in males (Ref. 48636). Large individuals may have conspicuous dark spot on upper middle of second dorsal fin connected to a band extending down the sides as well as about 5 darker bars on body and red snout and lower head (Ref. 37816).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Adults are found in various reef habitats, but often on sponges or reef outcrops (Ref. 48636). Also found in intertidal pools (Ref. 13227) and on corals and rocks (Ref. 37816). They feed on zooplankton (Ref. 48636). 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). The most common and most widely distributed among Enneapterygius species (Ref. 90102). Minimum depth reported from Ref. 13227.

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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. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 24.1 - 28.9, mean 27.5 (based on 802 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00550 (0.00248 - 0.01216), 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):  3.4   ±0.45 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 (10 of 100) .