Redeye triplefin

Redeye triplefin
Redeye triplefin
Tripterygiidae (Triplefins)
Enneanectes pectoralis
0 to 30 ft
The body is robust with a short, blunt snout. The head is reddish brown. The body is pale with broad, vertical, dark reddish brown bars. There is a broader, darker bar at the base of the tail. The iris of the eye is red. It is very small, growing to a length of 1.5 inches (4 cm). The redeye triplefin is not abundant, but is found throughout most of the Caribbean, including the Cayman Islands. It inhabits shallow reefs where it will dart around on coral heads and rocks. It feeds on small crustaceans, polychaete worms and algae. There are four species of triplefins in the Caribbean and due to their small size and similarity it is almost impossible for divers to distinguish between them while in the water.

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