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Species: Derilissus altifrons, High-forehead Clingfish

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eyes large; forehead almost vertical
central sucker papillae: group of 10, then V of 5
pectoral 26

Derilissus altifrons Smith-Vaniz, 1971

High-forehead Clingfish

Body slender, only slightly depressed at front; head narrow, snout short, profile almost vertical, with mouth opening underneath; eyes large; front nostril an elongate tube, without a flap; rear nostrils slightly tubular; top lip broad at front, narrow on sides; teeth in 1 row on both jaws, with 2-pointed incisors at front of both jaws; 5-7 short, blunt gill rakers; median fins short; 1 dorsal fin, at rear, no spines, 8; anal fin 7, like dorsal fin and under it; first ray hidden on dorsal and anal fins; pectoral rays 26; a poorly developed fleshy pad on lower pectoral base; sucker medium sized, papillae small,center with group of 10 papillae followed by a forward pointing V shaped group of 5 papillae; no scales; lateral line present as pores on head only.

Preserved fish: uniform pale; faint dark color on tail region.

Reaches 2.1 cm.

Coralline algae on soft bottoms.

Depth range: 68-69 m.

E Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 2.1
Depth Range Min
  • 68
Depth Range Max
  • 69