Apopterygion oculus Fricke & Roberts, 1994
Ocellate triplefin
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Family:  Tripterygiidae (Triplefin blennies), subfamily: Tripterygiinae
Max. size:  6.3 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 14 - 186 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Southwest Pacific: endemic to New Zealand.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 16-19; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-13; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 20-26. 19-25 pored scales in the anterior lateral line series, 16-20 notched scales in the posterior series, the second dorsal fin with an ocellate black blotch distally on 4th-6th membranes, the anal fin with about 11 dark streaks, the pelvic fin basally black, rays distally yellowish, with brown spots, and the dorsal fin spines densely covered with small spinules.
Biology:  Adults are said to be associated with red coralline gravel and shell substrates (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).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 04 May 2010 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 16.02.98
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 19.03.14

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