Norfolkia squamiceps Lord Howe Scaly-headed Triplefin, Scalyhead Triplefin, Scalyhead Threefin
Norfolkia squamicepsis commonly referred to as Lord Howe Scaly-headed Triplefin, Scalyhead Triplefin, Scalyhead Threefin. Difficulty in the aquarium: There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.
The genus name "Norfolkia" refers to the discovery of the blenny Norfolkia squamiceps around Norfolk Island, which lies in the Pacific Ocean in a triangle between eastern Australia, New Caledonia to the north and New Zealand to the south, but this island belongs to Australia.
The species was not named in honour of a deserving scientist, but after the Leeuwin Current, a warm ocean current that flows south near the west coast of Australia.
Norfolkia squamiceps is a pale grey to brown three-fin blenny with an oblique darker reddish-brown bar outlined in white below the eye, uneven brown spots in two series along the side (the upper series is larger and sometimes connected to the lower series), yellow to orange dorsal and caudal fins and a dark brown head that becomes whitish below.
The white-spotted pectoral fins of the blenny have two elongated rays.
Females have oblique dark bands on the second and third dorsal fins and uneven dark vertical stripes on the caudal fin.
Males can be recognised by yellow or orange dorsal and caudal fin lighter.
The three-finned blenny prefers tide pools and shallow areas on clear coral and rocky reefs.