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Species: Gobiesox marijeanae, Lonely clingfish, Marijean's clingfish

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head papillae poorly developed
top lip - no papillae
D 17-20, origin near pectoral tip
dark, mottled & blotched
several dark bars under eye
anus nearer A than sucker

Gobiesox marijeanae Briggs, 1960

Lonely Clingfish, Marijean'S Clingfish

Tadpole shaped, head broad, depressed; papillae on head small, poorly developed, none on margin of top lip; top lip broad, much wider at front than at sides; rear nostril over front edge of eye, front nostril with a medium sized bilobed 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, 6-7 pairs of rounded incisors at front, followed by row of canines; anus much closer to anal fin origin than sucker; sucker large, with papillae at front (a broad band), center (2 widely spaced patches) & rear, with 6-7 rows of papillae across front section, a large fleshy pad with free rear edge at base of pectoral fin; dorsal fin long, 17-20 rays, origin near pectoral tip; anal rays 10-12, tip extends past dorsal tip; pectoral rays 24; caudal rays 10-11.

(Preserved fish) Top and sides blotched & spotted with irregular pattern of black; head with several thin dark lines radiating from eye to front and sides of mouth; fins uniform grey, pectorals lighter; lower surface dark behind sucker, with some color on and before sucker.

Size: 7 cm.

Habitat: rocky bottoms.

Depth: 0-10 m?.

Tres Marias Islands, Mexico.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Continent only
  • Mexican province endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 7
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10