IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: triplefin (English), tres aletas (Espanol), triple aleta (Espanol)
Lepidonectes clarkhubbsi Bussing, 1991

Signal triplefin

Moderately elongate; large pointed cirrus over eye; small spinules on edge of eyes, margin of opercle, nape, and dorsal surface of snout; teeth on sides of roof of mouth; dorsal fins III+XIII+10-11, segmented rays branched except first; anal rays II, 18-20; pelvic fins joined by membrane for at least 1/3 of length of outer ray; lateral line in 2 sections, 1st  section with 24-26 tubed scales, 2nd  with 8-12 notched scales; total scales in longitudinal series 34;  scales rough except smooth on belly; preopercle and opercle mostly covered with small scales; scales absent on pectoral-fin base.

Female:  whitish with four "double" red-brown bars on side, a dark brown bar on tail base; first dorsal fin white + red spots; male: colors brighter, body bars more extensive, 1st  dorsal fin black + 2 bright yellow/orange spots on its base, tail fin with red-brown bars.

Size: reaches 6.5 cm.

Habitat: occurs along rocky shores.

Depth: 2-40 m.

Known only from Costa Rica and Panama.



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