Rat Clingfish, Genus B sp 1

Rat Clingfish, Genus B sp. 1, lateral view. Source: Barry Hutchins, in Hutchins (2008) Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast: 725. License: All rights reserved

A pale green to dark green clingfish, occasionally with several brown spots or dashes scattered along side, and usually a pale stripe from the side of snout through eye to upper corner of the gill cover.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Genus B sp 1 in Fishes of Australia, accessed 23 May 2019, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/5448

Rat Clingfish, Genus B sp 1

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Victorian coast and around Tasmania, and south-west Western Australia. Inhabits weedy areas and shallow protected reefs.


Dorsal fin 4-6; anal fin 4-6; Caudal fin 10-11; Pectoral fin 16-18; Pelvic fin I, 4; Vertebrae 43.
Body elongate; caudal peduncle long.  Head little depressed; snout moderately long, narrow, tapering to prominent point; eyes of moderate size; lips narrow; mouth small, reaching to below front part of eye; lower jaw much shorter than upper; teeth small conical;  no spine laterally on head; gill openings large, lateral.  
No scales or lateral line; some sensory papillae on sides.  
Single short-based dorsal fin located posteriorly, widely separated from caudal fin; anal fin similar to and opposite dorsal fin, neither fin with anterior rays swollen at base; caudal fin rounded. Pectoral fins rounded, no fleshy pad on lower portion of their bases. Pelvic fins united into a small ventral sucking disc, consisting of anterior and posterior halves, posterior margin smooth edged.


Pale green to dark green, occasionally with several scattered brown spots; pale line usually on side of snout, through eye to upper corner of operculum.


This species often occurs with members of the genus Parvicrepis.


Bray, D.J. 2018

Rat Clingfish, Genus B sp 1


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.

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Depth:1-10 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:3.5 cm TL


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