Fourspot triplefin

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Fourspot triplefin
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Helcogramma fuscipectoris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Tripterygiidae
Genus: Helcogramma
Species: H. fuscipectoris
Binomial name
Helcogramma fuscipectoris
(Fowler, 1946)

Helcogramma fuscipectoris, known commonly as the fourspot triplefin, is a species of triplefin blenny in the genus Helcogramma.[2]


The fourspot triplefin grows to a maximum length of 3.2 cm (1.3 in). Like other members of its family, the dorsal fin is divided into three sections. The first two are spinous with a total of fifteen to nineteen spines, while the third fin has eight to eleven soft rays.[2]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The fourspot triplefin is native to the tropical and subtropical western Pacific Ocean. Its range extends from Japan and China westwards to Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia, and southeastwards to the Philippines, Indonesia and Vanuatu. It occurs on coralline rock and on rocky reefs no deeper than 8 m (26 ft).[1][2]


The fourspot triplefin is a fairly common species in the western Pacific Ocean and occurs in several marine protected areas. It does not face any particular threat and has a wide range so the International Union for Conservation of Nature has assessed it as being of "least concern".


  1. ^ a b Williams, J. (2014). "Helcogramma fuscipectoris". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 2015-01-15. 
  2. ^ a b c "Helcogramma fuscipectoris (Fowler, 1946)". FishBase. Retrieved 2015-01-15.