Tripterygion melanurum 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Tripterygiidae

Scientific Name: Tripterygion melanurum Guichenot, 1850
Tripterygion melanurus Guichenot, 1850
Taxonomic Source(s): Eschmeyer, W.N. (ed.). 2014. Catalog of Fishes. Updated 27 August 2014. Available at: (Accessed: 27 August 2014).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2014-06-18
Assessor(s): Holleman, W.
Reviewer(s): Ralph, G.
Contributor(s): Yokes, B., Pollard, D., Kara, M., Goren, M. & Francour, P.
Tripterygion melanurum is endemic to the Mediterranean, where it is widespread and relatively common. There are no known widespread threats to T. melanurum. Therefore, T. melanurum is assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Tripterygion melanurum is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea. It has been recorded from the Balearic Islands (Spain), southern Sardinia, Tunisia, Israel, Lebanon, Cyprus and southern Turkey. It is also in the Ligurian Sea (Tunesi and Molinari 2005).
Countries occurrence:
Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Croatia; Cyprus; France (Corsica, France (mainland)); Greece (East Aegean Is., Greece (mainland), Kriti); Israel; Italy (Italy (mainland), Sardegna, Sicilia); Lebanon; Monaco; Montenegro; Slovenia; Spain (Baleares, Spain (mainland)); Syrian Arab Republic; Tunisia; Turkey (Turkey-in-Asia)
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Mediterranean and Black Sea
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):30
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Population [top]

Population:This species is not very common in Levant, but is common in Aegean and northwestern Mediterranean.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Tripterygion melanurum is a demersal species that inhabits dimly-lit areas, clinging to walls or ceilings (Zander 1986). It feeds on small invertebrates, especially harpacticoids (Zander 1986). Several females lay eggs on substrate of males' territory, often on sponges, and eggs are guarded by the male (Zander 1986).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known major threats for this species. It does not have any commercial interest and is not caught by any fishing techniques.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species specific conservation measures. However this species is found in marine protected areas. Tripterygion melanurum was previously assessed as Least Concern, globally and in the Mediterranean (Abdul Malak et al. 2011, IUCN 2011).

Citation: Holleman, W. 2014. Tripterygion melanurum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T194895A49092526. . Downloaded on 24 October 2017.
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