Genus Enneapterygius

A large genus of triplefins with at least 60 species characterized by having: a discontinuous lateral line with an anterior series of 6–22 tubular pored scales and a posterior series of 13–27 notched scales; the first dorsal fin with 3 spines; the anal fin with 1 spine; the pelvic fin with 1 spine and 2 soft rays; scaleless head, operculum, pectoral-fin base, and abdomen; and hypural 5 small or absent (Fricke & Erdmann 2017).
Fricke & Erdmann (2017) provide a key to the species of Enneapterygius found in the Indo-Australian Archipelago and Western Pacific Ocean.
Author: Bray, D.J. 2017

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Enneapterygius in Fishes of Australia, accessed 27 May 2024,


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 31. Koeltz Scientific Books, Königstein, Germany, ix + 607 pp

Fricke, R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2017. Enneapterygius niue, a new species of triplefin from Niue and Samoa, southwestern Pacific Ocean (Teleostei: Tripterygiidae). Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 25: 14–32. doi: PDF open access