IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: triplefin (English), tres aletas (Espanol)
Axoclinus lucillae Fowler, 1944

Panama triplefin

Body short, robust; head large; cirri on head small, simple, 1 pair over nostrils, 1pair over eyes; no teeth on sides of roof of mouth;  three dorsal fins (III + XII + 9); dorsal fin soft rays unbranched, except last 1-2 branched to base; anal fin II, 17; pelvic fins completely separate; lateral line gradually descending from upper edge of gill cover to midlateral axis, with 19-22 tubed scales followed by ~ 12 notched scales; scales above lateral line about twice as wide as long; scales small, none on head, breast, belly, and base of pectoral fins; total scales in longitudinal series 33-34.

Greenish on back, red below; narrow dark brown bar below eye, a brown stripe from eye to tip of top jaw; three broad brown bars/double bars on side of body; pectoral fins with several brownish bars; tail base with pearl-white bar followed by intense black bar; tail fin with narrow red bar at base and a narrow white bar outside that and the outer ~ ½ of fin blackish; male: colors more intense.

Size: reaches 3 cm.

Habitat: common in rocky shallows.

Depth: 1-20 m.

Central Mexico to Colombia.


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