Gilloblennius tripennis (Forster, 1801)
Thripenny
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Family:  Tripterygiidae (Triplefin blennies), subfamily: Tripterygiinae
Max. size:  10.18 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 0 - 20 m
Distribution:  Southwest Pacific: known only from New Zealand.
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Biology:  Adults live in subtidal areas and are rarely found in intertidal areas. They feed on organisms which inhabit encrusting rock growths, with amphipods and hermit crabs being the dominant food items (Ref. 26966). 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: 06 May 2010 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 08.03.98
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 21.03.14

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