Helcogramma capidata Rosenblatt, 1960
Hooded triplefin
Helcogramma capidata
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Tripterygiidae (Triplefin blennies), subfamily: Tripterygiinae
Max. size:  3.7 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 0 - 30 m
Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: widespread on the Pacific Plate, also Indonesia to Fiji, Niue, and American Samoa.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 16-18; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-12; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 19-21. Males are dark-headed (Ref. 37816).
Biology:  Adults inhabit surge-swept reef margins (Ref. 1602). Found on rock surfaces under ledges (Ref. 13227) of coral reefs covered with algae (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).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 03 May 2010 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 26.10.93
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 21.03.14
Checked by: Williams, Jeffrey T. - 07.12.04

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