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Species: Tomicodon absitus, Distant clingfish, Revillagigedos clingfish

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front nostril: small flap
D 7
back: 4 groups dark dots
fins clear; C base - pale bar
blotch above pectoral
anus ~ midway A to sucker
pectoral 20

Tomicodon absitus Briggs, 1955

Distant clingfish, Revillagigedos clingfish

Body relatively slender, elongate, head relatively slender (both viewed from above); 8-10 rakers on 2nd  & 3rd  gill arch; front nostril with short (height ~ same as diameter of nostril) skin flap; rear nostril above or slightly behind front edge of eye; 4 pairs of upper & 3 pairs of lower 3-pointed incisors, followed, on each jaw, by 1 large canine; anus ~ ½ way between sucker and anal fin origin; pectoral 20 rays; only a small fleshy swelling at pectoral base; sucker disc with broad patch of papillae at front, no papillae in center, 5-6 rows of papillae across rear section; dorsal 7 rays; anal 6-7 rays; tail 8 rays.

(Preserved fish) Upper body very pale; top of body & head covered with tiny brown spots, concentrated in 4 areas along back; prominent dark spot on flank above pectoral fin; fins clear, a pale bar across tail base.

Size: 2.3 cm.

Habitat: rocky intertidal and subtidal.

Depth: 0-10 m.

Revillagigedos Islands.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Benthic microalgae
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Revillagigedo Islands endemic
  • All species
  • TEP oceanic island (s) endemic
  • Island (s)
  • TEP endemic
  • Island (s) only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Vulnerable
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 2.3
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10