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Species: Lepidonectes clarkhubbsi, Signal triplefin

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body: ~ 4 double red bars
D1: female white & red, male black + 2 yellow spots
male - tail base black
pectoral base no scales
LL 24-26 + 8-12
D3 10-11
A 18-20

Lepidonectes clarkhubbsi Bussing, 1991

Signal triplefin

Body moderately elongate; large pointed cirrus over eye; small spinules on edge of orbits, margin of preopercle, nape, and dorsal surface of snout; teeth on sides of roof of mouth; dorsal fins  III+XIII+10-11, segmented rays branched except first; anal rays II, 18-20; pelvic fins joined by membrane for at least 1/3 of length of outer ray; lateral line in 2 sections, 1st  section with 24-26 tubed scales, 2nd  with 8-12 notched scales; total scales in longitudinal series 34; scales rough except smooth on belly; preopercle & most of opercle covered with small scales; scales absent on pectoral-fin base.

Female: whitish with four "double" red-brown bars on side, a dark brown bar on tail base; first dorsal fin white + red spots; male: colors brighter, body bars more extensive, 1st  dorsal fin black + 2 bright yellow/orange spots on its base, tail fin with red-brown bars.

Size: reaches 6.5 cm.

Habitat: occurs along rocky shores.

Depth: 2-40 m.

Known only from Costa Rica to Colombia.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Rocks
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent only
  • Panamic province endemic
  • Continent
  • All species
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 6.5
Depth Range Min
  • 2
Depth Range Max
  • 40