Oblique-swimming triplefin

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Oblique-swimming triplefin
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Tripterygiidae
Genus: Forsterygion
Species: F. maryannae
Binomial name
Forsterygion maryannae
(Hardy, 1987)
  • Obliquichthys maryannae Hardy, 1987

The oblique-swimming triplefin, Forsterygion maryannae, is a triplefin, found along the north east coast of the North Island of New Zealand from depths of about 5 m to 50 m. They are the only triplefins not to spend most of their time resting on the bottom, instead swimming in loose schools of up to hundreds of individuals above rocky reefs. When swimming their head is higher than the tail, giving rise to their common name.

Its length is between 5 and 8 cm. The body is orange-brown with a red tinged head, a black eye, and a wide black lengthwise stripe on each flank. Oblique-swimming triplefins are planton feeders taking their tiny copepod and euphausid crustacean food in mid-water.


  • "Obliquichthys maryannae". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 11 March 2006.
  • Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2005). "Obliquichthys maryannae" in FishBase. November 2005 version.
  • Tony Ayling & Geoffrey Cox, Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand, (William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1982) ISBN 0-00-216987-8