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Species: Tomicodon boehlkei, Bohlke's clingfish, Cortez clingfish

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front nostril: small flap
D 6-8
pectoral 19-20
green + dark & light reticulations + 4-5 hourglass bars
blotch above pectoral
anus nearer A than sucker

Tomicodon boehlkei Briggs, 1955

Cortez clingfish, Bohlke's clingfish

Body relatively slender, elongate, head relatively slender (both viewed from above); front nostril with small (usually less than nostril diameter) skin flap; 4 pairs of upper & 3 pairs of lower 3-pointed incisors, followed by usually 1 large canine on top jaw, & 1-2 on lower jaw; anus nearer origin of anal fin than sucker; pectoral 19-20 rays; only a small fleshy swelling at pectoral base; sucker disc with broad patch of papillae at front, no papillae in center, 6-8 rows of papillae across rear section; dorsal 6-8 rays; anal 6-7 rays; tail 8-9 rays.  

Top greenish; lower surface very pale, sometimes with dark cross; back with dark wiggly lines, and dark hour-glass shapes across top of body; a large black spot on flank above pectoral base; fins dark grey, with pale bar across middle of tail fin.

Size: 7.5 cm.

Habitat: rocky, wave-swept areas.

Depth: 0-12 m.

Southern Baja and the Gulf of California.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Benthic microalgae
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Cortez + Mexican provinces endemic
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent only
  • All species
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • 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 Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 12
Length Max
  • 7.5