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Species: Tomicodon clarkei, Coral Clingfish

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tan + orange cast
D 7
sucker: front edge smooth
anus midway between sucker and A

Tomicodon clarkei Williams & Tyler, 2003

Coral 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, 8 incisors, lower jaw 2 canines, 4 incisors; 1 dorsal fin, at rear, no spines, 7; anal fin like dorsal fin and under it; pectoral 20; only a small fleshy swelling at pectoral base; sucker disc with broad patches of papillae at front (5 rows) and rear (5 rows) but no papillae in center; front edge of sucker disc smooth, without fleshy tabs; tail fin 11 segmented rays; anus midway between sucker disc and anal fin origin; no scales; lateral line present as pores on head only.

Fresh fish: tan, with orange pink cast; no prominent markings.

Reaches 1.7 cm.

Known from a single specimen collected in coral in a high-energy groove and spur outer edge habitat.

Depth: 0-5 m.

The 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
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 1.7
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5