Broad Clingfish, Creocele cardinalis Click to enlarge image
A Broad Clingfish photographed in Tasmanian waters. Image: Duncan Giblin
© Duncan Giblin

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    cardinalis
    Genus
    Creocele
    Family
    Gobiesocidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    8 cm

Identification

The Broad Clingfish has a broad flattened head. The species is normally a pale greenish colour with darker brown markings.

Habitat

Shallow inshore waters often intertidal areas, weedy areas and under jetties.

Distribution

The species is endemic to Australia, occurring from southern New South Wales to South Australia, including Tasmania.

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



References

  1. Gomon, M.F., Bray, D. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 2008. The Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Reed New Holland. Pp. 928.
  2. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  3. Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.