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Species: Gobiesox schultzi, Schultz's clingfish, Smoothlip clingfish

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snout & lips: no papillae
nostril + 2 divided flap
D 18-20, origin over pectoral
grey body & fins
pectoral: rays dotted
anus nearer A

Gobiesox schultzi Briggs, 1951

Smoothlip clingfish, Schultz's clingfish

Tadpole shaped, head broad, depressed; papillae on head poorly developed, short, none on top lip or 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, 3-4 pairs of round-tipped incisors at front, followed by a row of long canines; anus nearer anal fin origin than sucker; sucker large, with papillae at front (a broad band), center (2 widely spaced patches) & rear, with 6 rows of papillae across front section, patches in center each with 1-2 longitudinal rows of papillae; a large fleshy pad with free rear edge at base of pectoral fin; dorsal fin with long base, 18-20 rays, origin over pectoral; anal rays 9-11; pectoral rays 22-23; caudal rays 11-12.

Top and sides medium grey; dorsal, tail and anal fins medium grey with lighter ray tips; pectoral clear except for dark dots along each ray; underside light grey. Preserved fish red-brown.

Size: 7.8 cm.

Habitat: rocky bottoms.

Depth: 0-5 m.

Western and northeastern Gulf of California.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • All species
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent only
  • Cortez province endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 7.8
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5