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Species: Derilissus altifrons, High-forehead clingfish

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eyes large; forehead almost vertical
pale
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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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Soft bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
Diet
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s) only
  • Caribbean endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Depth Range Min
  • 68
Depth Range Max
  • 69
Length Max
  • 2.1