Tripterygion melanurum


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Tripterygion melanurum
Species Authority: Guichenot, 1850
Tripterygion melanurus Guichenot, 1850
Tripterygium minor Kolombatovic, 1892

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2007-11-16
Assessor(s): Yokes, B., Pollard, D., Kara, M.H. & Francour, P. and Goren, M.
Reviewer(s): Livingstone, S. & Polidoro, B. and Carpenter, K.
This species is widespread and relatively common in the Mediterranean. Currently it is not threatened and is assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species 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).
Albania; Croatia; Cyprus; France; Greece; Israel; Italy; Lebanon; Monaco; Montenegro; Slovenia; Spain; Syrian Arab Republic; Tunisia; Turkey
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Mediterranean and Black Sea
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Population [top]

Population: This species is not very common in Levant, but is common in Aegean and northwestern Mediterranean.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: 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, eggs are guarded by the male (Zander 1986).
Systems: Marine

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.

Citation: Yokes, B., Pollard, D., Kara, M.H. & Francour, P. and Goren, M. 2013. Tripterygion melanurum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <>. Downloaded on 22 October 2014.
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