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Gobiesociformes  -  Gobiesocidae  -  Tomicodon  -  Tomicodon zebra

Tomicodon zebra

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front nostril: medium flap
D 7-8
red & green wiggly lines + 5 dark "hour-glass" bars


blotch over pectoral
anus nearer sucker than A


Tomicodon zebra (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)

Zebra clingfish

Body relatively slender, elongate, head relatively slender (both viewed from above); front nostril with medium (height = distance between front & rear nostrils) skin flap; rear nostril behind front edge of eye; 4-5 pairs of upper & 3 pairs of lower 3-pointed incisors, followed by large canines - 2 on top jaw, 1-3 on lower; anus nearer sucker than anal fin origin; pectoral 19-21 rays; only a small fleshy swelling at pectoral base; sucker disc with broad patch of papillae at front, no papillae in center, 6-8 rows of papillae across rear section; dorsal 7-8 rays; anal 6-7 rays; tail 8 rays. 

Top olive to pink or red, top of back with 5 red-brown to black cross-bars, often in hour-glass shapes, 2 front ones broader & more distinct; large black spot on side above base of pectoral fin, at base of 1st  bar; bars fade out on sides, which are blackish or with small spots &/or wiggly lines; top of head and between hour-glass bars with red wriggly lines, marbled with blue-grey, operculum with black blotch, cheeks sometimes with 2-3 bluish streaks; dorsal, pectoral & tail dusky, anal and pelvics pale; usually a dark bar on base of tail, another across middle of fin.

Size: 5.6 cm.

Habitat: rocky bottoms.

Depth: 0-10 m?

Southern Baja and the SW and eastern Gulf of California to southern Mexico.

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