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Enneapterygius altipinnis Highfin Triplefin

Enneapterygius altipinnisis commonly referred to as Highfin Triplefin. Difficulty in the aquarium: There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.


Profilbild Urheber Dr. Sergey V. Bogorodsky, Russland

Foto: Shams Alam, Ägypten, Rotes Meer


Courtesy of the author Dr. Sergey V. Bogorodsky, Russland Copyright Dr. Sergey V. Bogorodsky

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lexID:
13735 
AphiaID:
277297 
Scientific:
Enneapterygius altipinnis 
German:
Dreiflossen-Schleimfisch 
English:
Highfin Triplefin 
Category:
Blennies 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Tripterygiidae (Family) > Enneapterygius (Genus) > altipinnis (Species) 
Initial determination:
Clark, 1980 
Occurrence:
Djibouti, Sudan, Eritrea, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gulf of Aqaba / Gulf of Eliat, Israel, Jordan, Red Sea, Saudi Arabia, Yemen 
Sea depth:
2 - 4 Meter 
Size:
1,97 cm 
Temperature:
°F - 84.2 °F (°C - 29°C) 
Food:
Algae, Amphipods, Copepods, Invertebrates, Microalgae , Zoobenthos, Zooplankton 
Difficulty:
There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully 
Offspring:
Not available as offspring 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
CITES:
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Least concern (LC)  
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Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2021-03-23 20:17:05 

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Very special thanks for the first two photos to Dr. Dr. Sergey V. Bogorodsky, Russia, one of the authors of the scientific paper:
"A review of the blennioid fish family Tripterygiidae (Perciformes) in the Red Sea, with description of Enneapterygius qirmiz, and reinstatement of Enneapterygius altipinnis Clark, 1980".

For many years, the blenny Enneapterygius altipinnis was only recognised and taxonomically listed as a synonym of Enneapterygius tutuilae Jordan and Seale.
It was not until the review on Tripterygiidae by Hollemann & Bogorodsky in 2012 that Enneapterygius altipinnis was again recognised as a separate and valid species.

In the Red Sea, the small blenny lives at shallow depths on dead corals, on weedy areas, algae-covered rocks or on rubble near reefs.
Enneapterygius altipinnis is a cryptic species that can adapt almost perfectly to its environment.

Males:
The body of males is cream above, white ventrally, many scales are fringed with orange, the head is cream with pale green markings.
Five irregular spots of olive-brown with melanophores are particularly distinct, the first from the front of the second dorsal fin and below the pectoral fin, the second from the middle of the second dorsal fin, the third from the junction of the second and third dorsal fins, the fourth in the middle of the third dorsal fin and the last across the peduncle at the base of the caudal fin.

A sure feature to distinguish females is the colouration with red and black spots and patterns on the first dorsal fin.

Females:
Females look very similar to males, but without red on the dorsal fins.
Under water the females are hardly visible on sand, their body shows light and olive green bands.
The first, longer spine of the first dorsal fin is black and white banded, the membranes are white, the second dorsal fin has a white band near the back half of the edge and several other white spots. The third dorsal fin is similar to the second.

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