Crinoid Clingfish, Discotrema crinophila Briggs 1976

A Crinoid Clingfish, Discotrema crinophila, in Tulamben Bay, Bali, Indonesia. Source: O.J. Brett / License: All rights reserved

A dark brown to dark red clingfish with a white to yellow stripe along each side and another along the middle of the back.  

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Discotrema crinophila in Fishes of Australia, accessed 22 Jun 2024,

Crinoid Clingfish, Discotrema crinophila Briggs 1976

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Until the Australian distributions of both Discotrema species are confirmed, the Crinoid Clingfish is tentatively recorded from the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and North West Island in the southern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea. Elsewhere the species is widespread and relatively common throughout the Indo-West Pacific.
Inhabits protected coastal reefs from shallow reef flats to reef slopes and walls, and is commensal with crinoids, especially Comanthus bennetti.


The specific name crinophila is from the Greek philios meaning 'loving' or 'friend', in reference to the commensal relationship with crinoids.

Species Citation

Discotrema crinophila Briggs, 1976, Copeia 1976(2): 340. Type locality: Benga Lagooon, Benga, Fiji. 


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Crinoid Clingfish, Discotrema crinophila Briggs 1976


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Briggs, J.C. 1976. A new genus and species of clingfish from the western Pacific. Copeia 1976(2): 339-341 figs 1-4

Craig, M.T. & Randall, J.E. 2008. Two new species of the Indo-Pacific clingfish genus Discotrema (Gobiesocidae). Copeia 2008(1): 68-74.

Hutchins, J.B. 2003. Checklist of marine fishes of the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia. pp. 453-478 in Wells, F.E., Walker, D.I., & Jones, D.S. (eds). Proceedings of the Eleventh International Marine Biological Workshop: The Marine Flora and Fauna of Dampier, Western Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum.

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Smith-Vaniz, W.F. & Carpenter, K.E. 2016. Discotrema crinophilum (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T67905401A115447857. Downloaded on 08 August 2018.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37206016

Behaviour:Lives with crinoids

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:5-20 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:3 cm TL

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