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Species: Tomicodon briggsi, Broadhead Clingfish

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body: 5 dark bars above ~10 narrow bars below
top head & back: blue spots
sucker: front edge smooth
pectoral 21
A 7, origin under D ray 2-3
anus nearer A than to sucker

Tomicodon briggsi Williams & Tyler, 2003

Broadhead Clingfish

Body and head relatively slender (both viewed from above); front nostril without a skin flap; front of both jaws with a single row of flattened incisors, some with 3 points; top jaw with 2 canines, 9-12 incisors, lower jaw 2 canines, 6 incisors; 1 dorsal fin, at rear, no spines, 7; anal fin like dorsal fin and under it, origin under dorsal rays 2-3, 7 rays; pectoral 21 (21-22), only a small fleshy swelling at pectoral base; sucker disc with broad patches of papillae at front (6-7 rows) and rear (7 rows) but no papillae in center; front edge of sucker disc smooth, without fleshy tabs; tail fin 10-11 segmented rays; anus nearer anal fin origin than sucker disc; no scales; lateral line present as pores on head only.

Head and body whitish green; faint narrow bars radiate from eye (forward, down and to rear); top of head and front of back with small blue spots; upper body with 5 faint dark bars composed of reticulating lines (1 across nape, 2 between nape and dorsal fin, 1 under dorsal fin origin, 1 on tail base); lower body with ~10 narrow dark bars; outer ¼ of dorsal fin dark; upper and lower borders and fin rays of tail fin dark

Reaches 2.1 cm.

Collected on bottoms containing sand and coral.

Depth range: 0-12 m.

The E and NW Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • 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
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continental primarily
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 2.1
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 12