Tag: Clingfish (Gobiesocidae)

Containing approximately 153 species within 45 genera, the Clingfish are small (6cm max. in most cases), mainly bottom dwelling fish with an elongated and generally tapered body shape.

In most species the pelvic fins have been modified to form a sucking disk, similar to that found in many species of Goby (Gobiidae).

Some species also have the ability to rapidly change colouration in order to blend in with the background for protection.

One of the most common species found in local waters, the Urchin Clingfish (Diademichthys Lineatus) belongs to the small group of species which often inhabit the spines or arms of Sea Urchins or Crinoids (Echinoderms) for protection.

Containing approximately 153 species within 45 genera, the Clingfish are small (6cm max. in most cases), mainly bottom dwelling fish with an elongated and generally tapered body shape.

In most species the pelvic fins have been modified to form a sucking disk, similar to that found in many species of Goby (Gobiidae).

Some species also have the ability to rapidly change colouration in order to blend in with the background for protection.

One of the most common species found in local waters, the Urchin Clingfish (Diademichthys Lineatus) belongs to the small group of species which often inhabit the spines or arms of Sea Urchins or Crinoids (Echinoderms) for protection.

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Urchin Clingfish (Diademichthys Lineatus)

Urchin Clingfish (Diademichthys Lineatus) are usually quite difficult to photograph due to their small size and constant movement.

The subject in this photo created a very rare opportunity as it was sitting stationary on a small rock, allowing for some nice close-up shots.