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Species: Derilissus kremnobates, Talus Clingfish, Whiskereye Clingfish

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orange + pale spots
red lines radiate from eye
front D & A: violet & red ocellus
C orange, dark outer edge, 2 pale spots at base
sucker: papillae -14 central before 5 in V; rear edge straight

Derilissus kremnobates Fraser, 1970

Whiskereye Clingfish, Talus Clingfish

Body slender, only slightly depressed at front, relatively deep (depth 28-33% SL); head narrow, snout short, profile not very steep; mouth opening underneath; eyes relatively small, relatively far apart (diameter = 63-83% of distance between eyes) ; front nostril an elongate tube, without a flap; rear nostrils slightly tubular; top lip broad at front, narrow on sides; teeth in 1 irregular rows on both jaws, 3-pointed incisors at front, 1-2 points at rear; 7 gill rakers; median fins short; 1 dorsal fin, at rear, no spines, 7-8; anal fin 7-9, like dorsal fin and under it; first ray hidden on dorsal and anal fins; pectoral rays 28-30; a poorly developed fleshy pad on lower pectoral base; sucker large, papillae small, center of sucker with an irregular cluster of 14 scattered papillae, behind that 5 papilla in a V shaped group; rear edge of sucker almost straight; no scales; lateral line present as pores on head only.

Salmon orange with a chain pattern of pale spots along the side of the body; iris white, with a slight orange cast; 6 bright salmon orange lines radiate from eye, towards the front, under the eye and to the rear towards the rear of the nape; dorsal and anal fins orange, with dark red edges, and with a dark-red ringed violet spot at the outer edge of the front of each fin; tail fin orange, with a dark red outer edge and 2 pale spots on its base

Reaches 3.1 cm.

Lives on strongly sloping coral rubble banks

Depth range: 146-265 m.

Known only from the NW Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • 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
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.1
Depth Range Min
  • 146
Depth Range Max
  • 265