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Tomicodon vermiculatus Briggs, 1955
VERMICULATE CLINGFISH
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Tomicodon vermiculatus
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Tomicodon vermiculatus

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Overview
Main identification features
  • front nostril: medium flap
  • fine brown vermiculations
  • ~4 bars under eye
  • no blotch above pectoral
Body relatively slender, elongate, head relatively slender; 8-10 rakers on 2nd & 3rd gill arch; a small fleshy swelling at pectoral base; front nostril with medium (height a little > diameter of nostril) skin flap; rear nostril above front edge of eye; 4 pairs of upper & 3 pairs of lower 3-pointed incisors, followed, on each jaw, by 2 large canines; anus nearer anal fin origin than sucker; pectoral 20 rays; sucker with broad patch of papillae at front, no papillae in center, 6 rows of papillae across rear; dorsal 7 rays; anal 7 rays; tail 8 rays.

(Preserved fish) Top & sides very pale, covered with fine wiggly brown lines, with 6 transverse lighter regions; dark lines below eye to snout, cheek and operculum; dorsal with rays grey; pectoral with grey base; no dark spot on side above pectoral base.

Size: 2.9 cm.

Habitat: rocky bottoms.

Depth: 0-10 m?.

Cocos Island.


Attributes
Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo).
Depth Range Max: 10 m.
Depth Range Min: 0 m.
Diet: mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs); mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves; mobile benthic worms; benthic microalgae; zooplankton.
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=6; Southern limit=6; Western limit=-88; Eastern limit=-87; Latitudinal range=1; Longitudinal range=1.
Egg Type: Benthic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Carnivore.
FishBase Habitat: Demersal.
Global Endemism: Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic; East Pacific endemic; All species.
Habitat: Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom); Rocks; Reef (rock &/or coral); Reef only.
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 2.9 cm.
Regional Endemism: Island (s) only; Island (s); TEP endemic; TEP oceanic island (s) endemic; Cocos Island endemic; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Marine; Marine Only.
Water Column Position: Bottom; Bottom only;


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References
  • Briggs, J.C., 1955., A monograph of the clingfishes (Order Xenopterygii)., Stanford Ichthyol. Bull., 6:1-224.

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