Brownspotted Spiny Clingfish, Genus A sp 1 (in Gomon et al. 2008)

Other Names: Brown-spotted Spiny Clingfish

A Brownspotted Spiny Clingfish, Genus A sp. 1. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved

An undescribed pale green clingfish with many small close-packed brown to red spots, usually grouped together along midline of back forming 6-7 large reddish-brown to brownish-orange spots, an orange to dark brown line from the side of the snout through the eye almost to the margin of the gill cover. and a tiger-like pattern of irregular dark brown bars on the lower side in some individuals.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Genus A sp 1 (in Gomon et al. 2008) in Fishes of Australia, accessed 19 Jul 2019,

Brownspotted Spiny Clingfish, Genus A sp 1 (in Gomon et al. 2008)

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New South Wales to Wilsons Promontory, Victoria, northern Tasmania, and the southwest corner of Western Australia. Inhabits shallow seagrass beds, and also shelters amongst kelp (Ecklonia radiata) in New South Wales.


Dorsal fin 3-4; Anal fin 4-5; Caudal fin (approx) 10-12; Pectoral fin 19-21; Pelvic fin I, 4; Vertebrae 31.
Body moderately depressed anteriorly, compressed posteriorly; caudal peduncle prominent; head moderately broad, depressed; snout rounded; eyes moderately small; mouth small, lower jaw slightly shorter than upper; strong spine hidden in flesh on each side of head; gill openings large, lateral, joined across isthmus. 
Single, short-based dorsal fin located posteriorly, widely separated from caudal fin; anal fin similar to and opposite dorsal fin; pelvic fins united into ventral sucking disc of moderate size, consisting of anterior and posterior halves, posterior edge with fleshy fringe; papillae within disc present right across region A.  


Pale green with many small closely packed brown to red spots, those along midline of back usually grouped together in the form of six or seven large reddish brown to brownish orange spots (in small specimens these larger spots usually represented by cross bars); orange, red or dark brown line on side of snout, continued through eye almost to opercular margin; tiger-like pattern of irregular dark brown bars on lower side of some individuals.


Bray, D.J. 2018

Brownspotted Spiny Clingfish, Genus A sp 1 (in Gomon et al. 2008)


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

Hutchins, J.B. 2008. Family Gobiesocidae. pp. 722-741 in Gomon. M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H (eds) Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.

Scott, E.O.G. 1976. Observations on some Tasmanian fishes: part 22. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 110: 157-217 (p. 187, as Cochleoceps spatula) See ref online

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Depth:1-10 m

Habitat:Seagrass beds, kelp

Max Size:3.4 cm TL


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