Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Tripterygiidae
(Triplefin blennies) > Tripterygiinae
Etymology: Enneapterygius: Greek, ennea = nine times + Greek, pterygion = little fin (Ref. 45335). More on author: Fricke.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 10 m (Ref. 27223). Tropical
Western Central Pacific: Vanuatu, New Caledonia, and Tonga.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 54980)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 14 - 17;
soft rays: 16 - 20. Very small supraorbital tentacle; in females, first dorsal fin shorter by half than second dorsal fin; in males, about two-thirds; male coloration dark gray with light gray mottling and a thin whitish bar below the eye; oblique suborbital blue streak observed in large males; fins translucent, mottled, and with gray spots; females comparatively pale and anteriorly bearing 2 indistinct, dark double bars that join below lateral line. Dorsal rays III + XI-XIV + 7-10; lateral line interrupted, 14-20 + 15-21; mandibular pores 2-3 + 1-2 + 2-3 (Ref. 54980).
Adults are found on rocky shores exposed to surge (Ref.54980).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Fricke, R., 1997. Tripterygiid fishes of the western and central Pacific, with descriptions of 15 new species, including an annotated checklist of world Tripterygiidae (Teleostei). Theses Zool. 29:1-607. (Ref. 27223)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
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Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 25.1 - 29.4, mean 28 (based on 553 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00550 (0.00248 - 0.01216), b=3.08 (2.89 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, 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. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .