Helcogramma serendip Holleman, 2007
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Family:  Tripterygiidae (Triplefin blennies), subfamily: Tripterygiinae
Max. size:  2.48 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic
Distribution:  Eastern Indian Ocean: Sri Lanka.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 16-16; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-10; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 18-19; Vertebrae: 35-35. Diagnosis: A small (< 2.5 cm SL) species of the genus. Dorsal fin III + XIII+ 10, 1st fin low; anal fin I, 19; pectoral rays 16 (2+7+7); pelvic fin I, 2, spine short and hidden, segmented rays simple, partially united by membrane. Vertebrae 10+25. LL total lateral scales 37-38; tubed 20-22 (21), ends below junction of 2nd and 3rd dorsal fin; nape and anterior anal-fin bases scaleless, caudal-fin base with 2 rows of scales. Mandibular pores 4+1+4. Orbital cirrus pointed, small. Posterior margin of orbit and edges of occipital sensory canals with minute serrations. Head length 3.6 in SL; eye 2.8, maxilla 2.4 in HL. Live color not known. Male head with stripe below eyes, from upper lip to opercle and pectoral-fin base. Females with H-bars on body (Ref. 75031).
Biology:  Collected from rocky bottoms (Ref. 75031). 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).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 07 May 2010 Ref. (120744)
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Entered by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 04.08.08
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 24.03.14

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