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Species: Enneanectes wilki, Windward Triplefin

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snout blunt, short
before eye spiny
C: red bar at base & 2+ outer bars
A ~6 blotches
3 rows scales above rear LL
pectoral base & belly scaleless
body bars: 4 & 5 not darker
yellowish accessory bar before bar 5
D1 short

Enneanectes wilki Victor, 2013

Windward 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 (7-9), 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 (15-17); pectoral 15 (15-16); 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, 22 (20-23); cheek, pectoral base and belly unscaled; body scales rough; 3 rows of scales (top row small) above rear part of lateral line.

Body and head brown, sometimes with reddish tones, particularly on head; iris with red radiating bars; a single dark bar from eye to top jaw; 5 bars on body, 4th and 5th not much darker than first 3, 5th a little darker than 4th, 5th usually narrower than pale interspace before it, that interspace with accessory, yellow edged dark bar or blotch; second dorsal fin with 3 round dark spots on its base, outer edge thinly dark; anal fin with 4-6 dark blotches; tail fin with a red bar at front then 2 or more red or dusky red bars (sometimes irregular), separated by thin whitish bars, last of which is on fin tip.

Reaches 2.0 cm.

Lives in coral formations.

Depth range: 1-10 m.

The lesser Antilles.

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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
  • Antilles endemic
  • Caribbean endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 2
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 10