Notoclinops caerulepunctus Hardy, 1989
Blue-dot triplefin
Notoclinops caerulepunctus
photo by Clements, K.

Family:  Tripterygiidae (Triplefin blennies), subfamily: Tripterygiinae
Max. size:  3.6 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 0 - 40 m
Distribution:  Southwest Pacific: New Zealand.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 21-23; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-13; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 23-25. Head mauve with bright orange patches. Eyes with a fine bright blue line around pupils. Body with 9-10 orange to blackish dorsal bands on the posterior half. Distinguished from other triplefins by the distinctive color pattern. Pelvic fins reduced to 2 rays.
Biology:  Adults occur in tidal pools and the subtidal zone, usually on encrusted walls and other overhangs. They remove parasites from large fishes such as moray eels (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: 06 May 2010 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 15.02.98
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 24.03.14

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