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Family: GOBIESOCIDAE, Clingfishes


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flat head, elongate body
pelvics form large sucker under pectoral

FAMILY GOBIESOCIDAE

CLINGFISHES

Small to moderate sized fishes (to 30 cm); head and body flattened, body elongated; eyes on upper side of head; mouth opens at front; each pelvic fin with 4 rays, joined to form the rim of a papilla-covered sucking disc in front of the belly, last ray also joins pectoral fin; a single dorsal fin (without spines), at rear of body; anal fin like dorsal fin and under it; no scales; lateral line present as pores on head only.

The family occurs worldwide in tropical to warm temperate areas, in both marine and freshwater habitats, and is represented by at least 141 species in 45 genera. In the Greater Caribbean there are 22 species (1 W Atlantic, the remainder endemics) from 6 genera.

PREPARED BY D ROSS ROBERTSON, AFTER MCEACHRAN (2002)