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Species: Enneanectes matador, Matador Triplefin

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shout blunt, short
before eye spiny
head & body red
D2: outer 2/3 black, base - no spots
C red
pectoral base & belly scaleless
3 rows scales above LL
body bars: 1-4 weak, 5 black
D1 short
back & inner pectoral base - no large scales

Enneanectes matador Victor, 2013

Matador Triplefin

Head moderate, body robust; snout blunt, short, usually much less than eye; front of eye and around nostrils spiny; a short, elongate, blunt cirrus over eye, no cirri on nape; no teeth on sides of roof of mouth; 3 dorsal fins: III + XII (XI-XII) + 8-9, first fin usually short, usually not reaching base of 2nd spine of 2nd dorsal fin, except in large males, normally some soft rays branched; anal fin II, 16-17; pectoral 15 (14-15); pelvics I (imbedded), 2; lateral line in 2 straight, slightly overlapping sections, scales on front part pored 14 (13-16), those on rear part notched, 16-23; cheek, pectoral base and belly unscaled; scales above lateral line and behind pectoral base not enlarged; body scales rough; 3 rows of scales (top row smaller) above rear part of lateral line.

Body and head reddish; iris with yellow ring around pupil, red radiating bars; 5 bars on body, first four red, usually indistinct, 5th black, white interspace before that bar wider than 5th bar, without secondary bar or dark blotch; second dorsal fin without dark spots on its base, outer 2/3 dark grey; anal fin with 4-5 dark blotches; tail fin red, or with 2 red bars separated by thin white bar; males with head and body bright red, 1st dorsal fin black, 2nd dorsal fin speckled with black.

Reaches 2.5 cm.

Lives in coral formations.

Depth range: 1-10 m.

Bahamas to the southern Caribbean.

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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
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • 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
  • 2.5
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 10