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Species: Gobiesox adustus, Panamic clingfish

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top lip: large papillae
D 11, well behind pectoral
tan + blue mesh+ rear bars
head - white spots
fins barred
anus well before D, midway sucker to A

Gobiesox adustus Jordan & Gilbert, 1882

Panamic clingfish

Tadpole shaped, head broad, depressed; well developed lobe-like papillae on head and along margin of upper lip; top lip broad, much wider at front than at sides; top jaw with a deep patch of conical teeth at front, followed on each side by row of slightly recurved canines; lower jaw with 2 rows of incisors, those of outer row much larger, incisors followed on each side by a row of larger canines; anus about midway between rear margin of disc and anal fin origin, well in front of dorsal fin origin; sucker large, with papillae at front (a broad band), center (2 widely spaced patches) & rear,  7-10 rows of flattened papillae across front of disc, 4-7 longitudinal rows on each central patch; a large fleshy pad with free rear edge at base of pectoral fin; dorsal rays 11, well behind pectoral; anal rays 9-10; pectoral rays 21-24; caudal rays 10-12.

Tan to whitish with overall dorsal covering of light brown and blue spots separated by fine reticulum of blue lines; fins barred; a black spot at front of dorsal fin.

Size: to at least 4.7 cm.

Inhabits rocky reefs.

Depth: 0-10 m?

The central Gulf of California to Ecuador; the Revillagigedos and Cocos Island.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Zooplankton
  • Data
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • All species
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 4.7
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10