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Species: Gobiesox papillifer, Bearded clingfish

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top lip: large papillae
D 14-15, well behind pectoral
dense "leopard" spots
D & A: white tips
anus near A

Gobiesox papillifer Gilbert, 1890

Bearded clingfish

Tadpole shaped, head broad, depressed; papillae on head well developed, some finger-like, (3( 0-4) small papillae on tip of snout above top lip, 1 large + 3 small papillae 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, 4 pairs of round-tipped incisors at front in adult (3, 3-tipped in juvenile), 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 7-11 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 14 (14-15) rays, well behind pectoral; anal rays 11 (10-11); pectoral rays 24 (23-25); caudal rays 12.
(Preserved fish) Top and sides light grey to light brown, often with dense small dark spots; translucent below; dorsal, tail and anal with black bar along base, then a white bar, then grey, then clear to white margins, on tail black bar extends along top and bottom margins of fin; pectoral with brown spots along rays.
Size: 8 cm.
Habitat: sandy rocks.
Depth: 0-5 m.
Southern California through much of the Gulf of California to Panama.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • All species
  • TEP endemic
  • 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic
  • Continent only
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 8
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5