Image: Masked Threefin, Enneapterygius similis

Masked Threefin, Enneapterygius similis

A pair of Masked Threefins at a depth of 11 m, Split Solitary Island, New South Wales, 29 January 2010.

Steve Smith
© Steve Smith


Males can be recognised by the dark-coloured posterior half of the body and densely dotted head and 'chest'. Females are greyish green with pinkish scale margins and a dark bar crossing the interorbital (faint in image). They have white bars dorsally on the body that often end in a spot on the lateral line.

The species name 'similis' refers to the similarity in colour and habitat of this species to Enneapterygius hemimelas.

Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific. University of Hawai'i Press. Pp. 707.

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Tags fishes, ichthyology, Enneapterygius similis, Tripterygiidae, Masked Threefin,