Related FAQs: Clingfishes,
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Clingfishes, Family Gobiesocidae
At times regarded as an Order of advanced bony fishes
(Gobiesociformes) or a suborder of the Perciforms (Gobiesocoidei), the
Clingfishes are a sizable group (36 genera, about 120 species) of small
(most under 7 cm.) freshwater, brackish and marine fishes rarely seen
in the ornamental aquatics trade. This could change (likely so) with an
increasing emphasis on "reef" systems displaying more
esoteric commensal relations between species of invertebrates and
fishes... as many Clingfishes are found in such associations (mainly
with crinoids and urchins).
Mostly marine bottom-dwellers (lack
swim-bladders), almost all with pelvic fins modified into a sucking
disk (hence their common name).
|Discotrema crinophila Briggs 1976, Crinoid
Clingfish. Western Pacific; Southern Japan, Fiji to GBR. To 3 cm.
N. Sulawesi pic.
|Gobiosox maeandricus (Girard 1858), the
Northern Clingfish. Eastern Pacific; Southern Alaska to
Mexico's Islas Revillagigedos. To sixteen cm. Found on rocky
shores and high on kelp, even out of water at times. Monterey Bay