Enneapterygius abeli


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Enneapterygius abeli
Species Authority: (Klausewitz, 1960)
Common Name(s):
English Yellow Triplefin
Tripterygion abeli Klausewitz, 1960

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-02-04
Assessor(s): Fricke, R., McEachran, J. & Williams, J.T.
Reviewer(s): Collen, B., Richman, N., Beresford, A., Chenery, A. & Ram, M.
Contributor(s): De Silva, R., Milligan, H., Lutz, M., Batchelor, A., Jopling, B., Kemp, K., Lewis, S., Lintott, P., Sears, J., Wilson, P. & Smith, J. and Livingston, F.
The Yellow Triplefin (Enneapterygius abeli) has been assessed as Least Concern. This species is known from many localities and is locally abundant in areas of its range. There are no known major threats impacting this species.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The Yellow Triplefin (Enneapterygius abeli) is distributed from South Africa, north to the Red Sea including the Comoros, Seychelles, Mauritius and Réunion.
Comoros; Egypt; Kenya; Mauritius; Mozambique; Saudi Arabia; Seychelles; Somalia; South Africa; Sudan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Yemen
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – western
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Population [top]

Population: The Yellow Triplefin is common in the north Red Sea, but rare in the southern Red Sea (Clark 1979).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The Yellow Triplefin, a small, cryptic triplefin, is found on tropical coral reefs in shallow photic waters. It is a benthic species that can be found on rocky or coral substrates, amongst live coral. This species feeds mainly on benthic invertebrates. The order Tripterygiidae is described as the most abundant and speciose group of fishes to be found on coral reefs (Longnecker and Langston 2005).
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Due to the small size of the Yellow Triplefin, it is of no commercial value as a food source. It is not used within the aquarium trade.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known species-specific conservation measures in place for the Yellow Triplefin. The distribution of this species may coincide with a number of marine protected areas.

Citation: Fricke, R., McEachran, J. & Williams, J.T. 2010. Enneapterygius abeli. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 05 September 2015.
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