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Species: Enneanectes carminalis, Delicate triplefin

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nasal bone: row small spines
body: ~ 5 black bars
under eye - dark bar
pectoral: base - dark bar, fin - dark bars
opercle scaled; inner pectoral base - large scale
large scales above LL

Enneanectes carminalis (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)

Delicate triplefin

Head moderate, body slender; a short, broad cirrus over eye, no cirri on nape; bone bearing nostrils with a row of small spines; no teeth on sides of roof of mouth; top of head and upper opercular margin spiny; 3 dorsal fins: III + X-XII + 7-9, last 4-5 soft rays branched; anal soft rays15-16; pectoral 15 (14-16); pelvics I (imbedded), 2; scales medium to large, 28-32 in longitudinal series;  body scales rough, except smooth just in front of anus; head scaleless except several scales on upper opercle;  large scale present inside pectoral base and at start of lateral line; scales of 1st  row above lateral line much larger than those in 2nd  row; lateral line in 2 straight, slightly overlapping sections, scales on front part pored (14-16), those on rear part notched (16-19).

Tan with 5-6 relatively narrow dark bars on side, including intense black bar on tail base; brown bar below eye; a prominent dark brown spot or blotch at base of lower pectoral rays; pectoral fin with narrow dark bars.

Size: reaches 3.8 cm.

Inhabits shallow reefs.

Depth: 1-5 m.

Central Baja to the central Gulf of California to Panama.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Rocks
  • Reef only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Data
  • Sessile worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Sessile crustacea
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic
  • Continent
  • All species
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Continent only
  • TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.8
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 5