Shorefishes of the Eastern Pacific online information system

Español  Contact

Species: Gobiesox multitentaculus, Tentacled clingfish

All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

head: long papillae
top lip: 2 rows papillae
D 14-15
light brown + dense dark spots & streaks
chin - 3 rows papillae + 2 pairs barbels
anus near A

Gobiesox multitentaculus (Briggs, 1951)

Tentacled clingfish

Tadpole shaped, head broad, depressed; papillae on head well developed, some finger-like; snout with 3 short papillae in middle, about 5 well developed papillae on side; papillae around mouth numerous, 2 rows on top lip,  3 rows on chin, lobe of lower lip next to middle of chin with 2 barbels, 1 large and 2 small papillae on lower side 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; lower jaw with 3-4 pairs of round-tipped incisors at front, a row of canines on sides; 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 11-12 rows of papillae across front section, patches in center each with 6-7 longitudinal rows of papillae; a large fleshy pad with free rear edge at base of pectoral fin; dorsal fin 14-15 rays; anal rays 10-11, fin reaches past tail fin base; pectoral rays 24-27; caudal rays 12-13.

(Preserved fish) Top and sides light brown with numerous close-set dark spots & streaks; dorsal, anal and tail with dark brown bases, white ray tips; a pale bar across base of tail fin.

Size: 8.2 cm.

Habitat: coastal streams, mainly in freshwater.   

Depth: 0-10 m?

Panama to northern Peru.

High Resolution Map Download

Species Data Create Report Export as Word File Export as Excel File
  • Non Marine
  • Freshwater
  • Brackish
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Rocks
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Freshwater
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Estuary
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Panamic province endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Continent only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 8.2
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10