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). Subtropical
Southwest Pacific: mainland New Zealand.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 13227)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 20 - 23;
soft rays: 24 - 25. Pinkish over head and body with faint brown lines on head, nine evenly spaced reddish brown vertical bands on body. Dorsal fins pinkish with a thin colorless stripe running horizontally. Distinguished from other triplefins, other than Notoclinops caerulepunctus by the bright blue eyes.
Adults prefer areas of broken rock, steep rock faces and overhangs in areas without large algae and a thick cover of crustose coralline algae. They feed on small crustaceans (e.g. amphipods and copepods). They remove parasites from larger fish. Males are territorial during the breeding season dutifully guarding the eggs in the nests (Ref. 9003). 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
Fisheries: of no interest
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 15.1 - 19.5, mean 17.7 °C (based on 24 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00661 (0.00342 - 0.01277), b=3.10 (2.93 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.0 se; based on diet studies.
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 = 556 [231, 1,298] mg/100g ; Iron = 2.75 [1.47, 5.41] mg/100g ; Protein = 19.2 [18.1, 20.3] % ; Omega3 = 0.525 [0.275, 1.015] g/100g ; Selenium = 22.1 [9.4, 52.5] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 15.6 [4.8, 51.6] μg/100g ; Zinc = 1.6 [1.0, 2.5] mg/100g (wet weight);