Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Blenniiformes
(Blennies) > Tripterygiidae
(Triplefin blennies) > Tripterygiinae
Etymology: Enneanectes: Greek, ennea = nine times + Greek, nektos = that swimms (Ref. 45335); deloachorum: Named for Ned and Anna Deloach, in recognition of their contributions to the art of underwater photography of coral-reef animals, their development of very useful guides to reef organisms, and exceptional camaraderie on the expedition to Dominica; noun in the genitive case (plural).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Western Central Atlantic: Dominica and Barbados.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 93957)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 15 - 16;
soft rays: 16 - 17. This species is distinguished by the following characters: belly, pectoral-fin base, and cheek naked, spiny preorbital bone in adults, snout blunt, 3 rows of scales above rear pored scales, first two rows about equal-sized, relatively short first dorsal fin (all characters of E. boehlkei complex); fourth and fifth body bars similarly dark and often much darker than preceding bars (which are about equal in intensity); accessory interspace bar or darkened patch between the fourth and fifth body bars; fifth bar sometimes narrower than the 4-5 interspace; 2 broad solid dark bands on the caudal fin; second dorsal fin with three rounded dark spots on the membranes near the spine bases and thin band of fine speckling on the outer rim of fin; anal fin with 3 or 4 dark patches; usually D III+XII-XIII+9 and A II,16-17; mode of 15 pored lateral-line scales and 22 scales in notched midline row (Ref. 93957).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Victor, B.C., 2013. The Caribbean roughhead triplefin (Enneanectes boehlkei): DNA barcoding reveals a complex of four West Indian sympatric cryptic species (Teleostei: Blennioidei: Tripterygiidae). J. Ocean Sci. Found. 7:44-73. (Ref. 93957)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
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Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5001 [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
): 2.9 ±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) .