Animal Species:Tasmanian Clingfish, Aspasmogaster tasmaniensis (Günther, 1861)

The Tasmanian Clingfish can be recognised by its banded colour pattern. The species is endemic to Australia.

Tasmanian Clingfish, Aspasmogaster tasmaniensis

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Standard Common Name

Tasmanian Clingfish

Identification

The Tasmanian Clingfish can be recognised by its banded colour pattern. The bands can be brownish, green, pink, red or orange. There is sometimes a stripe through the eye and across the operculum.

The species has a depressed head and a compressed caudal peduncle. It has a short based dorsal fin close to the tail. The pelvic fins are fused into a sucker. There are no scales or lateral line.

Size range

It grows to 8 cm in length.

Distribution

This species is endemic to Australia. It occurs in marine waters of eastern Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, and south-western 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.

Aspasmogaster tasmaniensis

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Tasmanian Clingfish specimens in the Australian Museums.

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Habitat

The Tasmanian Clingfish is common on shallow coastal rocky reefs and intertidal areas. It is also seen by divers under wharves.

Classification

Species:
tasmaniensis
Genus:
Aspasmogaster
Family:
Gobiesocidae
Order:
Perciformes
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.
  2. Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
  3. Hutchins, J.B. 1984. Description of a new gobiesocid fish from south-western Australia, with a key to the species of Aspasmogaster. Records of the Western Australian Museum 11(2): 129-140.
  4. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433. K
  5. uiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
  6. Last, P.R., E.O.G. Scott & F.H. Talbot. 1983. Fishes of Tasmania. Tasmanian Fisheries Development Authority. Pp. 563.

 


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags fishes, ichthyology, Tasmanian Clingfish, Aspasmogaster tasmaniensis, Gobiesocidae, endemic to Australia, stripes or bands, brown, green, pink, red, orange, stripe though eye, depressed head, no scales, < 10 cm, marine,