Catalog Number: USNM 50299
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): D. Jordan & J. Snyder
Year Collected: 1900
Locality: Misaki, Sagami, Honshu, Japan, Pacific
- Paratype: Jordan, D. S. & Snyder, J. O. 1902. Proceedings of the United States National Museum. 25 (1293): 444, fig. 1.
Enneapterygius etheostomus is a species of triplefin blenny in the genus Enneapterygius. It is a temperate blenny known to inhabit rocky shores in the northwestern Pacific Ocean, and swims at a depth range of 0-21 metres. It has been described from Japan, China, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Male E. etheostomus can reach a maximum length of 5.5 centimetres. Both juveniles and adults of the species are known to feed on benthic algae.
E. etheostomus was originally described as Tripterygium etheostoma by David Starr Jordan and J.O. Snyder in 1902, and was later renamed Rosenblatella etheostomus by H. Masuda et al., in 1984. It was reassigned to Enneapterygius by Ronald Fricke in 1997.
- Synonyms of Enneapterygius etheostomus at www.fishbase.org.
- Enneapterygius etheostomus at www.fishbase.org.
- Food items for Enneapterygius etheostomus at www.fishbase.org.
- Jordan, D.S., and J.O. Snyder, 1902 (26 Sept.) [ref. 2516] A review of the blennoid fishes of Japan. Proceedings of the United States National Museum v. 25 (no. 1293): 441-504.
- Masuda, H., K. Amaoka, C. Araga, T. Uyeno and T. Yoshino, 1984 The fishes of the Japanese Archipelago. Vol. 1. Tokai University Press, Tokyo, Japan. 437 p. (text)
- Fricke, R. 1997. Tripterygiid fishes of the western and central Pacific, with descriptions of 15 new species, including an annotated checklist of world Tripterygiidae (Teleostei). Theses Zool. 29:1-607.
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