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Species: Gobiesox woodsi, Woods' clingfish

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top lip: well developed papillae
D 10-13, well behind pectoral
brown + fine blue lines
D, A & C blackish, white edges
anus nearer sucker than A

Gobiesox woodsi (Schultz, 1944)

Woods' clingfish

Tadpole shaped, head broad, depressed;  papillae on head well developed lobe-like, and along center of upper lip; top lip broad, much wider at front than at sides; rear nostril over front edge of eye, front nostril with a simple, unlobed flap; top jaws each with an irregular outer row of pointed teeth, & a patch of irregular teeth behind them, canines along side; teeth of lower jaw in 2 rows, those of outer row much larger, 3 pairs of compressed incisors at front; anus nearer to sucker than to anal fin; sucker large, with papillae at front (a broad band), center (2 widely spaced patches) & rear, with 8-9 rows of papillae across front section, patches in center each with 5-6 longitudinal rows of papillae; a large fleshy pad with free rear edge at base of pectoral fin; dorsal fin 10-13 rays, well behind pectoral; anal rays 10; pectoral rays 21; caudal rays 12.

Brown with reticulum of narrow bluish lines, these may be somewhat thickened on sides to form longitudinal stripes; 4-5 broad, diffuse brownish bars across back; median fins black, with white edges.

Size: to at least 6 cm.

Inhabits rocky shores.

Depth: 0-10 m?

Isla del Coco.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Zooplankton
  • Benthic microalgae
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • Cocos Island endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • TEP oceanic island (s) endemic
  • Island (s) only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Vulnerable
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 6
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10