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Species: Tomicodon cryptus, Cryptic Clingfish

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male: 6-7 dark bars, 2nd & 3rd = inverted Y
female side: 4 bright white spots
front nostril - small flap
D 8
sucker: front edge smooth
anus nearer to /midway between sucker than to A

Tomicodon cryptus Williams & Tyler, 2003

Cryptic Clingfish

Body and head relatively slender (both viewed from above); front nostril with a small skin flap; the only teeth at front of both jaws are a single row of flattened incisors, some with 3 points, top jaw with 0-2 canines, 8-10 incisors, lower jaw 0-4 canines, 4-10 incisors; 1 dorsal fin, at rear, no spines, 8 (7-8); anal fin like dorsal fin and under it, origin under dorsal rays 3-5, 7 rays; pectoral 20 (20-22), only a small fleshy swelling at pectoral base; sucker disc with broad patches of papillae at front (6-7 rows) and rear (6-7 rows), but no papillae in center, front edge of disc smooth, without fleshy tabs; tail fin 11 (10-12) segmented rays; anus midway between sucker disc and anal fin origin to nearer sucker; no scales; lateral line present as pores on head only.

Male with 6-7 dark brown bars separated by pinkish maroon areas, 1st on nape, next 2 are inverted-Y shaped, last 2 simple bars; bright white below; 5 brown lines radiating from eye, to front of mouth, center of mouth and onto operculum; fins pinkish. Female: mottled dark brown (with blue-white mottled edges), bars separated by olive brown interspaces at front, olive bars and pinkish interspaces at rear; 4 bright-white spots along lower flank between pectoral base and anal base; pale areas of head pinkish, snout and between eyes pinkish brown; pinkish-white spots on side above pectoral base; fins pinkish.

Reaches 2 cm.

High energy surge zones of rocky shores.

Depth range: 0-8.5 m.

The Bahamas to the S Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • 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)
  • GC endemic
  • Insular primarily
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 2
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 8