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Species: Derilissus vittiger, Redstripe Clingfish, Redstriped Clingfish

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5 red lines radiate from eye (2 between eyes)
scarlet + mesh of small pale spots
front D & A: dark spot
rear-center sucker: cluster 8 papillae
pectoral 26-27

Derilissus vittiger Fraser, 1970

Redstriped Clingfish

Body slender, only slightly depressed at front; head narrow, snout short, profile angular, with mouth opening at front; eyes small, wide apart (eye diameter 56% distance between eyes); front nostrils are elongate tubes, without a flap, rear nostrils slightly tubular; top lip broad at front, narrow on sides; teeth in 2 rows at front of both jaws, with 3-pointed incisors at front of both jaws; 5-7 short, blunt gill rakers; median fins short; 1 dorsal fin, at rear, no spines, 7; anal fin 7, like dorsal fin and under it; 1st ray hidden on both dorsal and anal fins; pectoral rays 26-27; a poorly developed fleshy pad on lower pectoral base; sucker medium sized, papillae small, 6-7 rows at front with 10 pairs behind that group, 8 rows at rear, with a forward pointing V shaped group of 8 papillae on narrow central part of the sucker; no scales; lateral line present as pores on head only.

Scarlet, with a chain-like pattern of small pale spots on side; 5 dark red lines radiate from eye, including a dark bar down and back from eye, a dark red stripe back from top of eye, two between eyes, head paler between those lines; iris white; fins red, except clear pectorals; outer edge of front of dorsal and anal fins with a dark red-brown spot

Reaches 2.1 cm.

Red coralline algae on sandy bottoms.

Depth: 67-68 m.

The SE 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)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • 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
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 2.1
Depth Range Min
  • 67
Depth Range Max
  • 68