Teleostei (teleosts) > Blenniiformes
(Blennies) > Tripterygiidae
(Triplefin blennies) > Tripterygiinae
Etymology: Acanthanectes: Greek, akantha = thorn + Greek, nekton = swimmer (Ref. 45335); rufus: Greek, acanthos = "spine" or "thorn" + Greek, nectes = "swimmer"; refers to the lateral branching spines of the dorsal fin elements; "rufus" = adjectival and is given for the species' reddish color (Ref. 35802).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 15 - 25 m (Ref. 27223). Subtropical; 23°S - 37°S, 22°E - 36°E (Ref. 56260)
Southeast Atlantic: Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 35802)
Morphology | Morphometrics
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).
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. 126983)
Threat to humans
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