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Enneapterygius nigricauda  Fricke, 1997

Blacktail 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);  nigricauda: Specific name refers to the black caudal fin of the males..   More on author: Fricke.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 11 m (Ref. 27223).   Tropical

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Western Central Pacific: Taiwan, Philippines, Vanuatu, Tonga, American Samoa, Society Islands, Kiribati, Jarvis Island, Howland Island, Wake Island, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Guam, and Boni Islands (Japan).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 27223)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 14 - 17; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7-10; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 16 - 19. Male red with darker red, double red bars , black "mask" covering front and lower two-thirds of head, chest, and pectoral-fin base, narrow white bar at caudal-fin base, and basal two-thirds to three-fourths of caudal-fin black. Female translucent greenish grey with indistinct reddish blotches along back, middle of sides, and just above anal-fin base. Head, chest, and pectoral-fin base scaleless; short orbital tentacle present; mandibular pores 3-4 + 1 + 3-4. Maximum size to 3.5 cm TL (Ref. 90102).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Adults are found on seaward and lagoon reefs, usually less than 5 m (Ref. 90102). 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). Minimum depth from Ref. 58018.

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Fricke, Ronald | Collaborators

Fricke, R., 1997. Tripterygiid fishes of the western and central Pacific, with descriptions of 15 new species, including an annotated checklist of world Tripterygiidae (Teleostei). Theses Zool. 29:1-607. (Ref. 27223)

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): 24.6 - 29.3, mean 28.3 (based on 1661 cells; Ref. 115970).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [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):  3.1   ±0.3 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) .