Brown topknot

The brown topknot, Notoclinus compressus, is a triplefin of the family Tripterygiidae, endemic to New Zealand in rock pools and from low water to depths of about 5 m, in reef areas of broken rock and large brown seaweed of genera Carpophyllum and Cystophora. Its length is up to about 8.5 cm.[2]

Brown topknot
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Blenniiformes
Family: Tripterygiidae
Genus: Notoclinus
N. compressus
Binomial name
Notoclinus compressus
(Hutton, 1872)
  • Tripterygium compressum Hutton, 1872
  • Auchenopterus compressus (Hutton, 1872)


Max length : 8.5 cm[2]

Environment and climateEdit

The brown topknot lives in marine demersal at a depth range of around 5 meters and in Temperate climate.[2]


This brown topknot species is found in the Southwest Pacific in New Zealand and is usually living in large brown algae.[2]


  1. ^ Clements, K.D. (2014). "Notoclinus compressus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2014: e.T179113A1571460. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-3.RLTS.T179113A1571460.en.
  2. ^ a b c d Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2019). "Notoclinus compressus" in FishBase. February 2019 version.