Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Blenniiformes
(Blennies) > Tripterygiidae
(Triplefin blennies) > Tripterygiinae
Etymology: Notoclinops: Greek, noton = back + Greek, klinein, kline = sloping and also bed, due to the four apophyses of sphenoid bone + Greek, ops = appearance (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 40 m (Ref. 9003). Temperate
Southwest Pacific: New Zealand.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 13227)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 21 - 23;
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.
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).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Fricke, R., 1994. Tripterygiid fishes of Australia, New Zealand and the southwest Pacific Ocean (Teleostei). Theses Zool. 24:1-585. (Ref. 13227)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 13.6 - 22.3, mean 18.2 °C (based on 30 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00550 (0.00246 - 0.01227), 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
): 3.1 ±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) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 323 [130, 748] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.716 [0.372, 1.433] mg/100g ; Protein = 18.3 [17.1, 19.5] % ; Omega3 = 0.617 [0.285, 1.397] g/100g ; Selenium = 13.4 [4.6, 36.5] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 17.4 [4.3, 72.0] μg/100g ; Zinc = 1.24 [0.76, 2.05] mg/100g (wet weight);