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Species: Enneanectes jordani, Mimic Triplefin, Redeye Triplefin

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eye cirrus broad
iris: 6 red spokes
front part LL: several dark spots
pectoral 15
last bar dark, narrow rectangle, corners square/round
rear body often orange/red
cheek behind eye : 2-3 rough scales
dark bar under eye
D1 short
A 15, uniform/barred
C: strong narrow front bar + wide rear bar
pectoral base & belly scaled

Enneanectes jordani (Evermann and Marsh, 1899)

Mimic Triplefin, Redeye Triplefin

Head moderate, snout short; body robust; front of eye and around nostrils spiny; cirrus over eye wider than long, blunt; no cirri on nape; no teeth on sides of roof of mouth; three dorsal fins: III + XII (XI-XIII) + 7, 1st fin much shorter than second, normally some soft rays branched; anal soft rays 15 (15-16); pectoral 15 (14-16); pelvics I (imbedded), 2; lateral line in 2 straight, slightly overlapping sections, scales on front part pored 13 (12-13), those on rear part notched (17-20); cheek behind eye with 2-3 rough scales; pectoral base and belly scaled; body scales rough; 2 rows scales (top row smaller) above rear part of lateral line.

Head & body tan; rear body often orange or red; a prominent dark bar under eye; body with several dark spots along front part of lateral line, 5 dark bars, last bar darkest, narrowly rectangular, corners square to rounded; a narrow red bar behind last dark bar; 1st dorsal with 2 dark bands; anal fin uniform or with slanted bars; tail fin with a strong narrow dark bar at front, a broad, indistinct bar behind.

Reaches 4 cm.

Shallow sheltered reef formations, often on the underside of ledges.

Depth range: 0-11 m, usually < 6 m.

Florida, the Bahamas, through the Caribbean.

Note: E. pectoralis is a synonym.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Sessile crustacea
  • Sessile worms
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 4
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 11