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Species: Lepidonectes corallicola, Fin-spot triplefin, Galapagos triplefin

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body: 4 H bars, flank stripe
D1: female red & black, male black + yellow spots
male - red, C base black
pectoral base with scales
LL 27-29 + 8-10
D3 12-13
A 21-22

Lepidonectes corallicola (Kendall & Radcliffe, 1912)

Fin-spot triplefin, Galapagos 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+12-13, segmented rays branched except first; anal rays II, 21-22; pelvic fins joined by membrane for at least 1/3 of length of outer ray; lateral line in 2 sections, 1st  section with 27-29 tubed scales, 2nd  with 8-10 notched scales; total scales in longitudinal series 33-38; scales rough except smooth on belly; preopercle mostly covered with small scales; scales present on pectoral-fin base.

Female:  light brown to reddish pink with four H-shaped red-brown bars on side; a dark stripe along the flank, and black band at base of caudal fin; a large whitish blotch between each set of bars, that in front of tail-base bar silvery white; first dorsal fin red and black; breeding male: 1st  dorsal black with two central yellow spots; when breeding body overall reddish, first dorsal colors very bright, a black bar on base of tail fin.

Size: grows to 10 cm.

Inhabits rocky reefs.

Depth: 1-15 m.

Galapagos Islands.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • Galapagos Islands endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • TEP oceanic island (s) endemic
  • Island (s) only
  • Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Vulnerable
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 10
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 15