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Species: Gobiesox aethus, Clarion clingfish, Red clingfish

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top lip: large papillae
D 10-13, origin well behind pectoral
body & fins: pale + red dots
C base: dark bar
anus nearer A than sucker
pectoral 23

Gobiesox aethus (Briggs, 1951)

Clarion clingfish, Red 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 lip broad, much wider at front than at sides; rear nostril over front edge of eye, front nostril with a large flap that has 2 large, wide lobes; top jaws each with an irregular outer row of pointed teeth, & a patch of irregular teeth behind them, canines along side; teeth on lower jaw in 2 rows, outer row larger, front 4 pairs 3-pointed;  anus a little nearer anal fin origin than sucker; sucker large, with papillae at front (a broad band), center (2 widely spaced patches) & rear; 10 rows of papillae across front section; a large fleshy pad with free rear edge at base of pectoral fin; dorsal fin short, 10 rays, origin well behind pectoral; anal rays 9; pectoral rays 23; caudal rays 10.  

(Preserved fish) Top and sides light, densely covered with tiny red-brown dots; fin rays with same dots; lower surface translucent; wide dark bar across base of tail fin.

Size: 3.7 cm.

Habitat: rocky bottoms.

Depth: 0-10 m?

Revillagigedo Islands.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Benthic microalgae
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • TEP oceanic island (s) endemic
  • Island (s) only
  • Revillagigedo Islands endemic
  • Island (s)
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Vulnerable
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.7
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10