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Species: Tomicodon vermiculatus, Vermiculate clingfish

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front nostril: medium flap
D 7
pectoral 20
fine brown vermiculations
~ 4 lines down from eye
no spot over pectoral base
anus nearer A than sucker

Tomicodon vermiculatus Briggs, 1955

Vermiculate clingfish

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

(Preserved fish) Top & sides very pale, covered with fine wiggly brown lines, with 6 transverse lighter regions; dark lines below eye to snout, cheek and operculum; dorsal with rays grey; pectoral with grey base; no dark spot on side above pectoral base.

Size: 2.9 cm.

Habitat: rocky bottoms.

Depth: 0-10 m?

Cocos Island.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Benthic microalgae
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • TEP oceanic island (s) endemic
  • All species
  • TEP endemic
  • Cocos Island endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Vulnerable
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 2.9
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10