Genus Ophiclinus


An endemic Australian genus with six species, all found only along the southern coast. Body shallow (11-18% SL), very elongate, gradually tapering to shallow caudal peduncle; small head (17-23% SL), eye and mouth (upper jaw 32-40% HL), gape nearly horizontal; scales tiny, not overlapping; lateral line pores not associated with scales, originating above opercle, followed by series of pit‑like depressions; dorsal and anal fins continuous with very elongate bases and uniform heights, both broadly joined by membrane to caudal fin, dorsal origin above opercular edge; caudal fin rounded to pointed; pectoral and pelvic fins much longer than eye diameter (Hoese et al. 2008).

Author: Bray, D.J. 2019

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Ophiclinus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 21 Jun 2024,


George, A. & Springer, V.G. 1980. Revision of the clinid fish tribe Ophiclinini, including five new species, and definition of the family Clinidae. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 307: 1-31 figs 1-14 open access

Hoese, D.F., M.F. Gomon & D.S. Rennis. 2008. Family Clinidae (pp. 696-722). In: Gomon. M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H (eds) Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.