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Species: Axoclinus lucillae, Panama triplefin

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pectoral: 3 pink bars
side: 3 wide H bars
tail base: black & white, C: black, red & white

Axoclinus lucillae Fowler, 1944

Panama triplefin

Body short, robust; head large; 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); dorsal fin soft rays unbranched, except last 1-2 branched to base; anal fin II, 17; pelvic fins completely separate; lateral line gradually descending from upper edge of gill cover to midlateral axis, with 19-22 tubed scales followed by ~12 notched scales; scales above lateral line about twice as wide as long; scales small, none on head, breast, belly, and base of pectoral fins; total scales in longitudinal series 33-34.

Greenish on back, red below; narrow dark brown bar below eye, a brown stripe from eye to tip of top jaw; three broad brown bars or H form double bars on side of body; pectoral fins with several brownish bars; tail base with pearl-white bar followed by intense black bar; tail fin with narrow red bar at base and a narrow white bar outside that and the outer ~ ½ of fin blackish; male: colors more intense.

Size: reaches 3 cm.

Habitat: common in rocky shallows.

Depth: 1-20 m.

Central Mexico to northern Peru.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Rocks
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • TEP endemic
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Continent only
  • Mexican + Panamic provinces endemic
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 20