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Species: Gobiesox pinniger, Feathered clingfish, Tadpole clingfish

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snout & top lip: large papillae
D 16-19, origin ~ over pectoral base
dark + yellow spots
body ~ 6 bars
3 bars under eye
anus ~ midway between A & sucker

Gobiesox pinniger Gilbert, 1890

Tadpole clingfish, Feathered clingfish

Tadpole shaped, head broad, depressed; papillae on head well developed, lobe-like, along margin of top lip, none on tip of snout above 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, 4 pairs of round-tipped incisors at front in adult (3-tipped in juvenile), 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 6-8 rows of papillae across front section, patches in center each with 2-4 longitudinal rows of papillae; a large fleshy pad with free rear edge at base of pectoral fin; dorsal fin with long base, 16-19 rays, origin ~over pectoral base; anal rays 10-11; pectoral rays 22-23; caudal rays 11-12.  

Top and sides blackish, front with reticulated lines around yellow spots; 3 dark bars radiate down from eye - 1 forward to snout, 1 straight down, a 3rd angled back; 6 or more oblique, dark bars down and back from under dorsal fin, bars interconnected, & interrupted with streaks & spots; dorsal, tail and anal dusky, with narrow white margins, sometimes light with dark margins

Size: 13 cm.

Habitat: cobble beaches.

Depth: 0-5 m.

Gulf of California.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continent only
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Cortez province endemic
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 13
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5