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Scientific name: Chirodactylus jessicalenorum
Common name: Natal fingerfin
Phyulm Sub Phylum Class Sub Class Order Sub Order Family Sub Family Genus Species
Chordata Vertebrata Actinopterygii Not Defined Perciformes Percoidei Cheilodactylidae Not Defined Chirodacttylus Chirodactylus jessicalenorum


Short Description:

Redish fish with a dark patch at the base of the pectoral fin.Longest pectoral-fin extends back to the anal fin.Lips very fleshy .Easily confused with the bank steenbras Chirodactylus grandis

Dorsal spines (total): 17 - 18; Dorsal soft rays (total): 26 - 27; Anal spines : 3; Anal soft rays : 7 - 8.
Size: 500mm
Diet: Feeds mainly on small, benthic invertebrates (marine worms, crabs and mollusks), but also squid and small fish (
Distribution: Port Elizabeth to Kwazulu-Natal
Habitat: Subtidal gullies and offshore reefs 
Depth: 3 - 20 m
  • Two Oceans
    (A guide to the marine life of Southern Africa)
    GM Branch;CL Griffiths;ML Branch;LE Beckley
  • A guide to the common sea fishes of Southern Africa
    Rudi van der Elst
  • FishBase
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