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Species: Pherallodiscus funebris, Northern frail-disc clingfish

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dark bar under eye
dark body & fins
C 10
sucker papillae: 3 rear rows \

Pherallodiscus funebris (Gilbert, 1890)


Northern frail-disc clingfish


Body broad, slightly depressed; head relatively slender, depressed, snout shallow; top lip broad, wider at front than sides; rear nostril over front edge of eye, front nostril with conspicuous 2-lobed flap; top jaw with a patch of conical teeth, followed by a row of canines; 3-5 pairs of round-tipped incisors at front of lower jaw, & a patch of smaller conical teeth behind; small papillae on lower jaw and extremities of mouth; 6-7 blunt rakers on 2nd  & 3rd  gill arches; anus closer to anal origin than sucker; sucker large (24-43% of SL), without front or central papillae, with 3 rows of papillae across rear; pectoral 17-20 rays, no enlarged lower rays in male; a small round fleshy swelling at pectoral base;  dorsal 10-11 rays; anal 7-8 rays; tail 10 rays.

(Preserved fish) Overall dark chocolate brown, mottled, on top and sides; thin dark bar from eye down; fins dark, pectoral a little lighter.

Size: 12.4 cm.

Habitat: intertidal pebble beaches.

Depth: 0-5 m.

Gulf of California.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Benthic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent only
  • Cortez province endemic
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Depth Range Max
  • 5
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Length Max
  • 12.4