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Species: Acyrtus lanthanum, Orange-spotted clingfish

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iris blue/black
body white + 3 dark bars & scattered dark dots
D, A & C spotted
opercular spine small, no groove
sucker papillae: no extra patches behind front band; small front papillae on rear band

Acyrtus lanthanum Conway, Baldwin & White, 2014

Orange-spotted clingfish

Head  relatively short (40-43% SL) ; top lip broad, much wider at front that at side; nostrils distinctly tubular; front nostril with a flap, usually with 2 tips; top jaw with a row of 4-7 blunt to weakly 3-pointed incisors at front, one row of 6-8 small, equal-sized conical teeth at side; teeth on lower jaw a row of 8-9 blunt to weakly 3-pointed incisors at front, one row of 5-6 small, equal-sized conical teeth at side; lower corner of opercle with a small, ungrooved spine, without associated patch of granular tissue at its base; sucker disc large (length 31-39% SL), large C-shaped band of papillae at front (in 7-8 rows), without 2 small C-shaped patches of papillae at sides immediately behind that front band, center with 2 oval patches of 3-4 rows of papillae and rear with a large band of papillae (10-11 rows), front papillae of that band not enlarged; median fins short; 1 dorsal fin, at rear, no spines, 8-9; anal fin 7-8, like dorsal fin and under it; pectoral rays 24-25, lower 5-7 rays not markedly reduced in size; fleshy pad on lower pectoral base absent; tail rays 10; female with a large patch of small fleshy projections just before anus; anus slightly closer to sucker than to anal fin origin; no scales; lateral line present as pores on head only.

Head and front of body to level of pectoral fins grey to brown; iris dark blue to black, with golden or dark red inner ring; head with dark blown blotches on sides, top and sides with small blue dots; rear body whitish, with scattered, irregularly arranged  small brown spots and streaks, and with 3 brown  bars from top to bottom of body: the 1st just behind pectorals, the 2nd between front of dorsal and anal fins, and the 3rdh at base of tail fin; dorsal, caudal and anal fins with bars formed by rows of red-brown spots on fin rays.

Reaches 3.4 cm.

Occurs in coastal lagoons on coral rubble.

Depth range 0-7 m.

The Bahamas to the southernl Caribbean.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
Habitat
  • Rocks
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
Diet
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • GC endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.4
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 7