Maldives Triplefin blenny (Helcogramma maldivensis) is a species of triplefin blenny in the genus Helcogramma.
Short description - Dorsal spines (total): 15 - 17; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-11; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 17 - 21; Vertebrae: 35 - 36. Diagnosis: Dorsal fin III + XIII+ 10, 2nd fin twice height of 1st; anal fin I + 16-18; pectoral rays 15 (3+6+6); pelvic fin I, 2, spine short and hidden, segmented rays simple, partially united by membrane. Vertebrae 10 + 25-26. LL total lateral scales 36-38; tubed 13-21 (16-17) scales, ends below 3rd dorsal fin; nape, belly, 1st dorsal fin and anterior anal-fin base scaleless, caudal-fin base with 2 rows of scales. Mandibular pores 3+2-1+3. Labial folds and orbital cirrus absent. Head length 3.4 in SL; eye 2.4, maxilla 2.3 in HL. Males overall reddish with bluish dots and streaks on head, forming stripes anteriorly on body, ventrally light grey, fins pigmented; females paler, without spots and stripes, ventrally white, fins transluscent.
Maldives Triplefin blennie's facts
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This species has only been recorded from South Male Atoll in the Maldives where the only known specimens were found in a shallow lagoon with a maximum depth of 5 metres (16 ft) and a sandy bottom.
Maldives Triplefin blennie's Behavior & Ecology
Occurance - Western Indian Ocean: presently endemic to the Maldives.
Maldives Triplefin blennie's Reproduction
Eggs are hemispherical and covered with numerous sticky threads that anchor them in the algae on the nesting sites. Larvae are planktonic which occur primarily in shallow, nearshore waters.
Maldives Triplefin blennie habitat
Helcogramma maldivensis is known from a single, sandy-bottom lagoon of ca. 600 km2, to a depth of 5 m (Fricke and Randall 1992).