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Species: Derilissus lombardii, Tailspot Clingfish

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orange + red stripe, dark oval on tail base

Derilissus lombardii Sparks & Gruber, 2012

Tailspot Clingfish

Body slender, only slightly depressed at front; head narrow, snout short, profile very steep and rounded; mouth opening underneath; eyes large; front nostril an elongate tube, without a flap; rear nostrils slightly tubular; top lip broad at front, narrow on sides; teeth in 2 rows on top jaws, 1 row on bottom, with 3-pointed incisors at front of both jaws; thin, short, triangular gill rakers; median fins short; 1 dorsal fin, at rear, no spines, 8; anal fin 7, like dorsal fin and under it; first ray hidden on dorsal and anal fins; pectoral rays 23-24; a poorly developed fleshy pad on lower pectoral base; sucker large, papillae small, center of sucker with 2 separate cluster of 8-9 close-set papillae, with a single papilla in front of each cluster, and behind the clusters a crescent of 5 papillae with a single one before the center of that group; rear edge of sucker strongly convex; no scales; lateral line present as pores on head only.

Body bright orange red to bright yellow, with a strong red stripe along the mid-side, from behind the eye to the tail base; several faint broad orange bars on body; head yellow, with orange spotting between eyes and on front of nape; iris red brown; top of eye with 2 rows of dark spots separated by a thin yellow line; center of end of tail base with a prominent elongate oval black spot; pectoral bright yellow; dorsal, tail and anal fins clear, with red spotting

Reaches 1.5 cm.

Lives on deep vertical reef walls, on gorgonian corals

Depth range: 30-132 m.

The Bahamas and the Cayman Islands.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • 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
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 1.5
Depth Range Min
  • 30
Depth Range Max
  • 132