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Species: Gobiesox daedaleus, Dotted clingfish

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head papillae small, 0 to few on front top lip
D 11-13, dark spot at front, well behind pectoral
dense dark brown spots, rear - faint bars
anus ~ midway sucker to A

Gobiesox daedaleus Briggs, 1951

Dotted clingfish

Tadpole shaped, head broad, depressed; papillae on head small, none to some along top lip; top lip broad, much wider at front than at sides; rear nostril over front edge of eye, front nostril with a large 2-lobed flap; 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, 3 pairs of chisel-like (3-pointed in juveniles) incisors at front, followed by row of large canines; anus ~ midway between anal fin origin and sucker; sucker large, with papillae at front (a broad band), center (2 widely spaced patches) & rear, with 4-8 rows of papillae across front section, patches in center each with 1-4 longitudinal rows of papillae; a large fleshy pad with free rear edge at base of pectoral fin; dorsal fin 12 (11-13 rays); anal rays 8 (8-10); pectoral rays 22 (21-24); caudal rays 11 (10-12).
Top and sides covered with small dense dark brown spots; faint wide dark brown bars on rear 1/2 of body; dorsal with dark spot at front base; dorsal, tail and anal light brown with clear margins; pectoral rays with small brown spots; undersurface with scattered brown dots.
Size: 7.6 cm.
Habitat: intertidal, enters freshwater.
Depth: 0-10 m?
El Salvador to Colombia.
Briggs (1955) separated this species into 3 subspecies, G. daedaleus daedaleus (Colombia), G. d. brachysoma (Panama to Nicaragua), and G. d. boreus (El Salvador), based on variation in (a) the extent of development in papillae on upper lip margin, (b) eye size, (c) head width, (d) the number and size of papillae at the front of the sucker, (e) the location of the dorsal fin, and (f) the number of anal rays.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Rocks
  • Reef only
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Panamic province endemic
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • All species
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent only
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 7.6
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10