Tripterygion delaisi Cadenat & Blache, 1970
Black-faced blenny
Peperoncino giallo
Tripterygion delaisi
photo by Patzner, R.

Family:  Tripterygiidae (Triplefin blennies), subfamily: Tripterygiinae
Max. size:  8.9 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 0 - 40 m
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea: English Channel southwards and along the coast of west Africa, including Madeira and the Canary Islands (Ref. 4785), south to Senegal.
Biology:  Adults inhabit shallow coastal waters with rocky substrate. They are found under overhanging rocks, entrances of caves and other biotopes with reduced light. In the Atlantic, they occur in shallow, light-exposed biotopes. They feed on benthic invertebrates, also on harpacticoids (Ref. 4785), amphipods and other copepods (Ref. 94105). Males court by figure-8-swimming (Ref. 4785). 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: 16 November 2007 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Gulf of Trieste

Entered by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 16.03.93
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 24.03.14
Checked by: Williams, Jeffrey T. - 05.10.95

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