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Norfolkia thomasi  Whitley, 1964

Thomas' triplefin
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Tripterygiidae (Triplefin blennies) > Tripterygiinae
Etymology: Norfolkia: Named for the Norfolk Island ( In 1953 Henry W. Fowler named this new genus on a Collection of Fishes Made by Dr. Marshall Laird at Norfolk Island) (R.Bajol, pers.comm. 04/2016)..   More on author: Whitley.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 1 - 20 m (Ref. 13227).   Tropical

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Western Pacific: Western Australia in the eastern Indian Ocean to New Caledonia, Rapa, the Tuamoto Archipelago and Mangaréva.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 54980)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 18 - 19; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-11; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 20 - 22. Scales from head posteriorly to behind the eye but none on cheek; lobate supraorbital tentacle; body coloration white; yellow or orange on scale edges; 6 uneven, oblique, dark brown bands bifurcating ventrally; uneven brown bar below eye with white posterior border; females with thin, oblique, red and white bands on second and third dorsal fins; dull orange in males. Dorsal rays IV + XIV-XV + 9-11 (typically XV + 10); pectoral rays usually 15; lateral line discontinuous, 12-15 + 24-27; mandibular pores 3 + 2 + 3 (Ref. 54980).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Adults are found in coral reefs and intertidal pools (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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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Fricke, Ronald | Collaborators

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

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 23.3 - 28.6, mean 26.6 (based on 778 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5625   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00550 (0.00251 - 0.01205), 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):  3.2   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .