Tripterygion melanurus

Scientific name Tripterygion melanurus
Descriptor Guichenot
Year of description 1850
IUCN category LC
Family Blenniidae
Genus Tripterygion
Tripterygion melanurus Tripterygion melanurus


Tripterygion melanurus is a little salt water fish from the Mediterranean Sea.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    4.5 cm
  • Maximum size
    5.3 cm
  • Pattern
  • Average size
    4.5 cm
  • Maximum size
    5.3 cm
  • Pattern

How to recognize Tripterygion melanurus ?

Tripterygion melanurus measures between 4.5 and 5.3 cm. Given its small size, this species is commonly referred to as a "dwarf" animal. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly rouge and noir body. The also has blanc mottling.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

Tripterygion melanurus is a fish solitary naturally found in the vegetation. This species is carnivorous . Measuring only a few centimeters, this small species tends to be discreet and hide in the presence of larger neighbors.

Tripterygion melanurus is a territorial animal that does not tolerate any incursions into its living area. It is particularly virulent against other territorial species and it can provoke heated fights. Relationships between conspecifics are also hectic, with each seeking to secure its place.


  • Reproduction

Tripterygion melanurus is a fish ovipare.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    17 - 19 °C
  • Depth
    3 - 40 m

Biotope presentation

Tripterygion melanurus is most often found at a depth between 3m and 40m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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