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Species: Axoclinus storeyae, Carmine triplefin

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male: red below
body: 4 dark bars + rows pale spots
tail base: female - red, male - black
C: female clear, male black

Axoclinus storeyae (Brock, 1940)

Carmine triplefin

Body short, robust; head large; top of head spiny; cirri on head small, simple, 1 pair over nostrils, 1 pair over eyes; no teeth on sides of roof of mouth; three dorsal fins (III + XII + 9-10); dorsal fin soft rays unbranched, except last ray branched to base; anal fin II, 16-17; pelvic fins completely separate; lateral line gradually descending from upper edge of gill cover to midlateral axis, with 22-25 tubed scales followed by 0-2 notched scales; scales above lateral line about as wide as long; scales small, none on head, breast, belly, and base of pectoral fins; total scales in longitudinal series 33-36.

Upper half of body brown or greenish; upper ¾ of body with 3 red-brown bars; 4 rows of white spots along upper ½ of body, mainly between dark bars; white and red bars around tail base, the latter extending onto base of tail fin; breeding male: lower half of head and body is bright red; 1st  dorsal fin and tail black.

Size: grows to 4.3 cm.

Inhabits rocks and boulders with abundant algae.

Depth: 1-5 m.

Southern Baja California and the central Gulf of California to southern Mexico.


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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Reef only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Sessile molluscs
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Sessile worms
  • Sessile crustacea
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Continent only
  • All species
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • Cortez + Mexican provinces endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 4.3
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 5