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Vulnerable (VU)

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  Common names: triplefin (English), tres aletas (Espanol), triple aleta (Espanol)
 
Lepidonectes bimaculata (Allen & Robertson, 1992)

Triple aleta candela,     Tres aletas candela


Moderately elongate; large pointed cirrus over eye; small spinules on edge of orbits, margin of preopercle, nape, and dorsal surface of snout; teeth on sides of roof of mouth; dorsal fins  III+XIII+10-13, segmented rays branched except first two and penultimate ray sometimes unbranched; 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 8-11 notched scales; total scales in longitudinal series 35;  scales rough except smooth on belly; upper half of preopercle covered with small scales; scales absent on pectoral-fin base.

Dark brown to bright red bars or saddles on dorsal half of body, the posterior ones extending onto lower side; the bars frequently joined to form wide a midlateral stripe; a dark brown to red band at base of tail fin; a pair of brilliant pearl white saddles on back on rear half of body; first dorsal fin red and white; pectorals yellowish; tail fin with red or brown bars.


Size: reaches 6.8 cm.

Inhabits rocky reefs.

Depth: 5-30 m.

Known only from Isla Malpelo.   

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