Helcogramma chica Rosenblatt, 1960
Little hooded triplefin
Helcogramma chica
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Tripterygiidae (Triplefin blennies), subfamily: Tripterygiinae
Max. size:  3.1 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 32 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Sri Lanka, including Cocos-Keeling Islands and Christmas Island, to Thailand then Japan, the Phoenix and Marshall Islands and American Samoa, also Fiji.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 19-19; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-12; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 18-20
Biology:  Adults inhabit surge zones of exposed reefs (Ref. 1602), on rock surfaces and under ledges (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: 03 May 2010 Ref. (124695)
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. - 05.10.95

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