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Species: Gymnoscyphus ascitus, Alien Clingfish, San Vicente Clingfish

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body & C red bars
sucker small, weak, no papillae

Gymnoscyphus ascitus Bohlke & Robins, 1970

San Vicente Clingfish, Alien Clingfish

Body long; head relatively small, slender; top lip well developed, widest at sides; teeth in 1 series on both jaws on sides, 2 rows at front, slender, conical, with curved tips; nostrils well separated, tubular, front nostrils longer; 4 gill arches, all with gill rakers and gill filaments; sucker disc small and weak, lacking any papillae, connected to side of body by a fleshy fold; pectoral fin 23-25; no fleshy pad on lower pectoral base; median fins short; 1 dorsal fin, at rear, no spines, 7 (6-8); anal fin 7-8, like dorsal fin and under it; tail 6+6; no scales; lateral line present as pores on head only.

Head red above; body with ~7 broad red bars and interspersed red spots on a pale background from behind the pectoral fin to the end of the tail base; tail fin with two red bars.

Reaches at least 3.5 cm.

Lives on rubble & rock bottoms.

Depth range: 231-318 m.

Cuba, the NW and SE Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Rocks
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • 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)
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.5
Depth Range Min
  • 231
Depth Range Max
  • 318