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Species: Tomicodon lavettsmithi, Reticulate Clingfish

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pectoral base: 2 oblique bars
lower body: dark V bars
front nostril: tiny flap
D 6-7
sucker: front edge with flaps
A origin under D ray 2-4
anus midway to/nearer to A than to sucker

Tomicodon lavettsmithi Williams & Tyler, 2003

Reticulate Clingfish

Body and head relatively slender (both viewed from above); front nostril with a tiny skin flap; front of both jaws with a single row of flattened incisors, some with 3 points; top jaw with 2 canines, 8-11 incisors, lower jaw 2-4 canines, 6 incisors; a small fleshy swelling at pectoral base; 1 dorsal fin, at rear, no spines, 6-7; anal fin like dorsal fin and under it, origin under dorsal ray 3 (2-4), 6-7 rays; pectoral 20, only a small fleshy swelling at pectoral base; sucker disc with broad patches of papillae at front (6 rows) and rear (7 rows) but no papillae in center, front edge of disc rough, with fleshy tabs; tail fin 10-12 segmented rays; anus midway between sucker disc and anal fin origin or nearer anal fin origin; no scales; lateral line present as pores on head only.

Upper head and back with dark brownish hour-glass bars, and thin dark reticulating lines separating pale spots; head with 5 lines radiating down from eye between front of mouth and lower rear corner of operculum; iris yellow green to yellow above, brown below; lower sides with dark V bars; upper ¾ of fleshy base of pectoral fin heavily pigmented, often with 2 dark diagonal bars; no distinctive spot on shoulders above pectoral base; a whitish bar across rear end of tail base; tail fin whitish with a dark bar on its base and another at ~mid fin.

Reaches 3.2 cm.

Habitat coral and shell rubble and seagrass on mud.

Depth range: 0-1 m?

NW Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • 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
  • 3.2
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 1