IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: triplefin (English), tres aletas (Espanol), triple aleta (Espanol), lagartija (Espanol)
 
Crocodilichthys gracilis Allen & Robertson, 1991


Lizard triplefin


Body long, slender; top of head smooth, except for a few weak spines along top of eye; no cirrus over eye, but extremely small papillae present; no teeth on sides of roof of mouth; dorsal fin III + XVII + 12-13, segmented rays branched except first and last 3-5 rays; anal fin I-II, 25-26; pelvic fin rays separated; lateral line in 2 straight sections, front part with 19-20 tubed scales, rear part with 17-23 notched scales; scales small, absent on head, breast, belly, and pectoral-fin base;  44-47 lateral scale rows.


Pale tan or pinkish; snout dark; iris with red and black bars; body with ~ 3 longitudinal rows of double red-brown spots, the lowest row of spots separated by white dashes along middle of side; a prominent black band, with white anterior border, around base of tail, extending onto base of fin; outer part of tail fin red, central part cream.


Size: attains 8.3 cm.


Inhabits rocky shores and steep slopes.

Depth: 3- 40 m.



Western and central eastern Gulf of California.
   

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