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Species: Gobiesox milleri, Miller's clingfish

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head; large papillae
D 12-14, well behind pectoral
body: dark spots & streaks
D & A: dark stripes
center top lip 2 small papillae, none on snout above those
anus near A
C base: dark bar

Gobiesox milleri Briggs, 1955

Miller's clingfish

Tadpole shaped, head broad, depressed; papillae on head well developed, lobe-like, 2 rows along margin of top lip, 2 very small papillae at center of lip, none on snout above those; 1 small papilla on underside of head behind jaw; 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, 5-7 pairs of round-tipped incisors at front, followed by row of large 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 8-10 rows of papillae across front section, patches in center, each with 4-5 longitudinal rows of papillae; a large fleshy pad with free rear edge at base of pectoral fin; dorsal fin 12-14 rays, well behind pectoral; anal rays 10; pectoral rays 24-25; caudal rays 10-13.

(Preserved fish) Top and sides pale with scattered black marks; dense black spots on front of head; short black streaks along sides of body; dorsal & anal with 2 prominent black stripes; tail with dark bar on base; pectoral pale with black spots at base.

Size: 4.2 cm.

Habitat: rocky bottoms.

Depth: 0-5 m.

Costa Rica.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • All species
  • Continent only
  • Panamic province endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 4.2
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5