Scaly-headed triplefin

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Scaly-headed triplefin
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Blenniiformes
Family: Tripterygiidae
Genus: Karalepis
K. stewarti
Binomial name
Karalepis stewarti
Hardy, 1984

The scaly-headed triplefin, Karalepis stewarti, is a triplefin, the only species in the genus Karalepis. It is endemic to New Zealand where it is found around North Island, South Island, the Three Kings Islands, Snares Island and Stewart Island.[1] It is a nocturnal species[2] It occurs at depths of about 5 to 30 metres (16 to 98 ft), in reef areas of broken rock.[3] The specific name honours Andy Stewart of the Department of Fishes at the National Museum of New Zealand.[4]


  1. ^ a b Clements, K.D. (2014). "Karalepis stewarti". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2014: e.T179029A1561343. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-3.RLTS.T179029A1561343.en.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2019). "Karalepis stewarti" in FishBase. April 2019 version.
  3. ^ Tony Ayling & Geoffrey Cox (1982). Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand. William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand. ISBN 0-00-216987-8.
  4. ^ Christopher Scharpf; Kenneth J. Lazara (29 January 2019). "Order BLENNIIFORMES: Families TRIPTERYGIIDAE and DACTYLOSCOPIDAE". The ETYFish Project Fish Name Etymology Database. Christopher Scharpf and Kenneth J. Lazara. Retrieved 27 May 2019.

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