Animal Species:Grass Clingfish, Gobiesocidae Genus C sp. 1

The Grass Clingfish is a small undescribed species that lives in temperate seagrass beds and adjacent reefs.
 

A Grass Clingfish at Eagle Bay

Erik Schlögl © Erik Schlögl

Standard Common Name

Grass Clingfish

Identification

The Grass Clingfish is a slender elongate species with dorsal and anal fins positioned posteriorly on the body. It is usually greenish with small black spots on the lower two-thirds of the body. The back is sometimes transparent often with a row of brown spots. A brown stripe sometimes passes from the snout, through the eye to the rear of the operculum.

Size range

The species grows to 3.2 cm in length.

Distribution

The species is endemic to Australia occurring from southern Victoria and southern Western Australia.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Gobiesocidae Genus C sp. 1

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Grass Clingfish specimens in the Australian Museums.

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Habitat

It is found in seagrass beds and adjacent reefs.

Classification

Species:
sp. 1
Genus:
Gobiesocidae Genus C
Family:
Gobiesocidae
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Hutchins, J.B. in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 1994. The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. State Print, Adelaide. Pp. 992.

 


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Tags fish, ichthyology, Grass Clingfish, Gobiesocidae Genus C sp. 1, weed, seaweed, seagrass, kelp, ecklonia, endemic to Australia, < 10 cm, dots/spots, stripes or bands, brown stripe, black spots, slender,