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Species: Axoclinus multicinctus, Multi-barred triplefin

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spines between eyes
body: 3 double bars, vertebral column - white dashes
tail base - black bar
male: black C

Axoclinus multicinctus Allen & Robertson, 1992

Multi-barred triplefin

Body short, robust; head large; cirri on head small, simple, 1 pair over nostrils, 1 pair over eyes;  a few spines between eyes; no teeth on sides of roof of mouth; three dorsal fins (III + XII + 9-10); dorsal fin soft rays unbranched, except last 1 branched to base; anal fin II, 18; pelvic fins completely separate; lateral line gradually descending from upper edge of gill cover to midlateral axis, with 23-24 tubed scales followed by 11-12 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 34-35.

Body with three sets of "double" reddish-brown to blackish bars; pale interspaces between bars with narrow, faint brown bar through its center; a small blackish blotch on body just behind upper pectoral base; an intense black band on tail base; vertebral column with a series of short white streaks; base of tail fin with narrow red and white bars male: outer half of first dorsal fin and tail fin blackish.

Size: reaches about 3 cm.

Habitat: rocky reefs.

Depth: 1-20 m.

Known only from the Revillagigedos Islands.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Revillagigedo Islands endemic
  • Island (s) only
  • TEP oceanic island (s) endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Vulnerable
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 20