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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Subclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis/Infraclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Megacohors: Osteoglossocephalai
Supercohors: Clupeocephala
Cohors: Euteleosteomorpha
Subcohors: Neoteleostei
Infracohors: Eurypterygia
Sectio: Ctenosquamata
Subsectio: Acanthomorphata
Divisio/Superordo: Acanthopterygii
Subdivisio: Percomorphaceae
Series: Ovalentaria
Superordo: Blenniimorphae
Ordo: Blenniiformes
Subordo: Blennioidei

Familia: Tripterygiidae
Genus: Springerichthys
Species: S. bapturus – S. kulbickii

Springerichthys Shen, 1994

Gracilopterygion Fricke, 1994


Springerichthys species list in FishBase,
Froese, R. & Pauly, D. (eds.) 2022. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication,, version 08/2021.
Fricke, R. 1994: Tripterygiid fishes of Australia, New Zealand and the southwest Pacific Ocean (Teleostei). Theses zoologicae, 24: i-ix, 1-585.
Hundt, P. J., Iglésias, S. P., Hoey, A. S. & Simons, A. M. 2014 [epub 2013]. A multilocus molecular phylogeny of combtooth blennies (Percomorpha: Blennioidei: Blenniidae): Multiple invasions of intertidal habitats. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 70: 47–56. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2013.09.001 Paywall.Reference page.
Shen, S.-C.; Wu, K.-Y. 1994: A revision of the tripterygiid fishes from coastal waters of Taiwan with descriptions of two new genera and five new species. Acta Zoologica Taiwanica, 5(2): 1–32.

Springerichthys is a genus of triplefins in the family Tripterygiidae. The two species in this genus are found in the western Pacific Ocean.[3]

Taxonomy and characteristics

The genus is closely related to the genera Ceratobregma and Enneapterygius. The species in this genus are characterised by the possession of a discontinuous lateral line which comprises a series of 17-31 tubular pored scales at its anterior end and 13-21 notched scales in a series towards its posterior end. The belly is half covered in scales while the head is lacking in scales but it does have tiny spines in the occipital area. The first dorsal fin has three spines, the second dorsal fin has 11-19 spines while the anal fin has two fused spines and the pelvic fin has a single spine and two rays.[4]

There are two species currently recognised in Springerichthys:[3]

Japanese blacktail triplefin, Springerichthys bapturus (Jordan & Snyder, 1902)
Kulbicki's triplefin, Springerichthys kulbickii (Fricke & Randall, 1994)


The name of the genus, Springerichthys honours the American ichthyologist Victor G. Springer of the United States National Museum in recognition of his contribution to the systematics of the Blenniiformes.[5]

Eschmeyer, William N.; Fricke, Ron & van der Laan, Richard (eds.). "Springerichthys". Catalog of Fishes. California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
Eschmeyer, William N.; Fricke, Ron & van der Laan, Richard (eds.). "Genera in the family Tripterygiidae". Catalog of Fishes. California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2019). Species of Springerichthys in FishBase. April 2019 version.
Fricke, R. (1997). "Tripterygiid fishes of the western and central Pacific, with descriptions of 15 new species, including an annotated checklist of world Tripterygiidae (Teleostei)". Theses Zoologica. 29: 1–607.
Christopher Scharpf; Kenneth J. Lazara (29 January 2019). "Order BLENNIIFORMES: Families TRIPTERYGIIDAE and DACTYLOSCOPIDAE". The ETYFish Project Fish Name Etymology Database. Christopher Scharpf and Kenneth J. Lazara. Retrieved 30 May 2019.

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