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Species: Enneanectes altivelis, Lofty triplefin

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D1 high, +4-6 stripes
last body bar: not darker, narrow, top corner indented
central body bars + orange spots
pectoral 14
A 15, 6-7 dark bars
LL front pores ~11
2 rows scales (top row small) above rear LL
pectoral base & belly scaled

Enneanectes altivelis Rosenblatt, 1960

Lofty triplefin

Head moderate, body robust; front of eye and around nostrils not spiny; a short, broad cirrus over eye, no cirri on nape; no teeth on sides of roof of mouth; top of head and upper opercular margin spiny; 3 dorsal fins: III + XI (X-XII) + 8 (7-9), first fin higher than second, normally some soft rays branched; anal soft rays 15 (14-15); pelvics I (imbedded), 2; pectoral 14 (13-14);  operculum with a patch of rough scales;  lateral line in 2 straight, slightly overlapping sections, scales on front part pored 11 (10-12), those on rear part notched, 19-22; pectoral base and belly scaled; body scales rough; 2 rows of scales, top row small  above notched part of lateral line.

Body translucent, head with a orange cast, iris red; body with 5 oblique brown to nearly black bars that extend onto anal fin, last bar not darker than rest & its top front corner indented; middle body bars edged with orange spots; 1st dorsal with 4-6 dark stripes; no dark spots along base of 2nd dorsal fin; anal fin with 6-7 dark bars.

Reaches 4 cm.

Lives on reefs in sponges and coral heads.

Depth range: 5-45 m.

The Bahamas to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Sessile worms
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Sessile crustacea
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • All species.
Regional Endemism
  • All species..
  • Extends South of GC
  • Island (s)
  • GC non-endemic
  • Continent
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 4
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 45