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Species: Gobiesox nigripinnis, Dark-finned clingfish

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weak head papillae, top lip none
nostril flap: 2 multipoint tips
D 13-14; pectoral 23-25
dense dark spots (head) & stripes (body)
fins dark + white edges
sucker papillae: front 6 rows, center patches 1-3 rows, rear 4 rows.

Gobiesox nigripinnis (Peters, 1859)

Dark-finned clingfish

Tadpole shaped, head broad, depressed, with poorly developed sensory papillae, none on top lip edge or on snout above top lip; front nostril with a 2 lobed flap, each tip with several points; top lip broad, much wider at front than at sides; top jaw with a deep patch of conical teeth at front, with canines or conical teeth on sides; lower jaw with 2 rows (outer row larger) of 1-3-round pointed incisors at front, a row of curved canines along side; 1 dorsal fin, at rear, no spines, 13-14; anal fin 7-8, like dorsal fin and under it; pectoral fin 23-25, a large fleshy pad with free rear edge at base of fin, free rear edge of that pad extends above to level of upper gill membrane attachment; sucker large, with papillae at front (a broad band, 6 rows deep), center (2 widely spaced patches, each with 1-3 longitudinal rows of papillae) & 4 rows at rear; anus much nearer sucker than anal fin origin; no scales; lateral line present as pores on head only.

Base color light grey-brown; upper head and body covered with large, close-set dark spots, those become longitudinally oriented black streaks along body; a dark brown spo6t at front of dorsal fin base; vertical fins dark, with white outer edges.

Reaches 6.2 cm.

Lives on reefs.

Depth range  0-20 m?

NE to SW Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Bony fishes
  • Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • All species.
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species..
  • Continent
  • Insular primarily
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 6.2
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 20