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Species: Enneanectes reticulatus, Flag triplefin, Network triplefin, Reticulated triplefin

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nasal bone: smooth
female - 5 bars + dark scale edges
male: red head, 5 black bars, C - black + 2 white bars
pectoral: 16
opercle scaled; inner pectoral base - no large scale

Enneanectes reticulatus Allen & Robertson, 1991

Flag triplefin, Reticulated triplefin, Network triplefin

Head moderate, body robust; a short, broad cirrus over eye;  no cirri on nape; no teeth on sides of roof of mouth; bone that carries nostrils without spines or with a few small spines; dorsal fins: III + XII-XIII + 9-11, soft rays branched except for first 1-2 and last ray; anal soft rays 17-20; pectoral 16 (15-17); pelvic fins completely separate; scales medium to large, 31-34 in longitudinal series; body scales rough, except smooth on side of belly; head scaleless except small patch of scales on upper opercle; scales absent on pectoral-fin base and middle of belly; first 2 scalesabove lateral line equal in size; lateral line in 2 straight, slightly overlapping sections, scales on front part pored (14-17), those on rear part notched (19-22).

Whitish or tan; female with 4 slightly diagonal brown bars on side and black band around base of tail fin; scale margins dusky imparting network pattern; male with reddish head, 4 black bars on body and tail black with two white bars.

Size: grows to about 6.9 cm.

Habitat: occurs along rocky shores.

Depth: 0-5 m.

Central Baja through the lower Gulf of California.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Cortez province endemic
  • Continent only
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 6.9
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5