Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Tripterygiidae
(Triplefin blennies) > Tripterygiinae
Etymology: Enneapterygius: Greek, ennea = nine times + Greek, pterygion = little fin (Ref. 45335); shaoi: Named for Prof. K.T. Shao for his contribution in systematics and ecology of fishes in Taiwan.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range 3 - 12 m (Ref. 79877). Tropical, preferred ?
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Northwest Pacific: Taiwan.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 79877)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 18;
Vertebrae: 35. This species is distinguished from its congeners in having the following characters: D1 III, D2 XII, D3 10; A I,18; lateral line discontinuous, first series with 16-18 pored scales, second series 15-17 notched scales; mandibular pore system 4+1+4; supraorbital cirrus simple and slender; nasal cirrus short and broad; body pink to light orange with 4 vertical or slightly oblique deep brown bars from behind pectoral fin base to caudal fin base, each broad bar edged with whitish border; caudal fin is pale with a brownish-black streak near its distal margin; indistinct sexual dichromatism, with spawning males possessing a blackish anal fin and spotted with melanophores on body, head, dorsal and pectoral fin rays (Ref. 79877).
Female members of the Tripterygiidae have eggs that 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).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Chiang, M.-C. and I.-S. Chen, 2008. Taxonomic review and molecular phylogeny of the triplefin genus Enneapterygius (Teleostei: tripterygiidae) from Taiwan, with descriptions of two new species. The Raffles Bull. Zool. 19:183-201. (Ref. 79877)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 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), 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) .