Pink Clingfish, Aspasmogaster costata (Ogilby 1885)

Other Names: Broad Clingfish

A Pink Clingfish, Aspasmogaster costata, at Bass Point, Shellharbour, New South Wales . Source: Sascha Schultz / License: All rights reserved

A pinkish clingfish, with irregular darker bands across the body. The pelvic fins are united into a sucking disc which it uses to cling to the substrate.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Aspasmogaster costata in Fishes of Australia, accessed 26 Jun 2019,

Pink Clingfish, Aspasmogaster costata (Ogilby 1885)

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Endemic to eastern Australia, from Byron Bay to Nadgee Nature Reserve, southern New South Wales, and Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. This secretive clingfish often shelters under rocks, in crevices or behind sea urchins in depths to 20 m.

Species Citation

Diplocrepis costatus Ogilby 1885, Proc. Linn. Soc. N. S. W. 1 10(2): 270. Type locality: Shark Reef, Port Jackson, NSW. 


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Pink Clingfish, Aspasmogaster costata (Ogilby 1885)


Briggs, J.C. 1955. A monograph of the clingfishes (order Xenopterygii). Stanford Ichthyological Bulletin 6: 1-224. (in part as Aspasmogaster tasmaniensis)

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 figs 1-5 

Hutchins, J.B. & Swainston, R. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete field guide for anglers and divers. Perth : Swainston Publishing 180 pp. 

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp.

Ogilby, J.D. 1885. Description of a new Diplocrepis from Port Jackson. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1 10(2): 270-272.

Whitley, G.P. 1931. New names for Australian fishes. The Australian Zoologist 6(4): 310-334 1 fig. pls 25-27 (as Parvicrepis (Volgiolus) costatus)

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37206004

Depth:0-20 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:5 cm TL


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