Leeuwin Threefin, Norfolkia leeuwin Fricke 1994

Other Names: Leeuwin Triplefin

A Leeuwin Threefin, Norfolkia leeuwin, from south Western Australia. Source: Barry Hutchins / Western Australian Museum. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

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Bray, D.J. 2022, Norfolkia leeuwin in Fishes of Australia, accessed 27 Mar 2023, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/1133

Leeuwin Threefin, Norfolkia leeuwin Fricke 1994

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Endemic to south Western Australia, from the Recherche Archipelago to Cockburn Sound. Inhabits shallow rocky reefs.


The specific name refers to the Leeuwin Current that influences the temperate coastal areas of Western Australia where this species occurs.

Species Citation

Norfolkia leeuwin Fricke 1994, Theses Zool. 24:471, fig. 106. Type locality: 1 km south of Carnac Island, 32°10'S, 115°40'E, Cockburn Sound, Western Australia. 


Bray, D.J. 2022


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Leeuwin Threefin, Norfolkia leeuwin Fricke 1994


Fricke, R. 1994. Tripterygiid fishes of Australia, New Zealand and the Southwest Pacific Ocean, with descriptions of 2 new genera and 16 species (Teleostei). Theses Zoologicae 24: 1-585 figs 1-130 

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 Zoologicae 29: 1-607 figs 1-110

Gomon, M.F. 2008. Family Tripterygiidae. pp. 684-693 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds) Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.

Hoschke, A., Whisson, G. & Moore, G.I. 2019. Complete list of fishes from Rottnest Island. pp. 150-161 in Whisson, G. & Hoschke, A. (eds). The Rottnest Island fish book. 2nd ed. Perth, Western Australia : Aqua Research and Monitoring Services..

Williams, J. & Holleman, W. 2014. Norfolkia leeuwin. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T178956A1552372. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-3.RLTS.T178956A1552372.en. Downloaded on 17 April 2017.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37415048

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:3-10 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:4 cm SL


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