Precious Clingfish, Lepadichthys lineatus Briggs 1966

Other Names: Crinoid Clingfish, Doubleline Clingfish, Twoline Clingfish

A Precious Clingfish, Lepadichthys lineatus, in Alor Strait, Indonesia. Source: Gerald R. Allen / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

A reddish-brown clingfish with white to yellowish stripes along the upper and lower head and sides, a stripe from the snout along the middle of the back, narrow stripes along the underside, and small white to yellowish spots between the stripes. 
In Australia, the Precious Clingfish has previously been called Lepadichthys caritas, a species found in the Western Indian Ocean.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Lepadichthys lineatus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 28 Feb 2021,

Precious Clingfish, Lepadichthys lineatus Briggs 1966

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Northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea, to at least Byron Bay, New South Wales; also Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere, the species is widespread in the Indo-west Pacific.
Lives on crinoids on coral and rocky reefs, specifically on Lamprometra klunzingeri and Capillaster multiradiata.


Dorsal fin 9-11; Anal fin 8-9; Caudal fin 12-14; Pectoral fin 27. 
Body depth about 5.8 in SL; pelvic disc medium-sized (for genus), length about 5.7 in SL; anus much closer to anal-fin origin than to rear margin of disc; disc length 5.5–5.7 in SL; 8 sharp gill rakers on second gill arch; upper end of gill opening at level of 12th pectoral-fin ray.


Feeds on the pinnulae of the crinoid host.

Species Citation

Lepadichthys lineatus Briggs 1966, Bulletin, Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Fisheries, Sea Fisheries Research Station Haifa 42: 37, fig. 1. Type locality: Eilat, Israel, Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Precious Clingfish, Lepadichthys lineatus Briggs 1966


Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

Allen, G.R., Hoese, D.F., Paxton, J.R., Randall, J.E., Russell, B.C., Starck, W.A., Talbot, F.H. & Whitley, G.P. 1976. Annotated checklist of the fishes of Lord Howe Island. Records of the Australian Museum 30(15): 365-454 figs 1-2 (as Lepadichthys caritus)

Briggs, J.C. 1966. A new clingfish of the genus Lepadichthys from the Red Sea. (Contribution to the knowledge of the Red Sea, no. 35). Bulletin, Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Fisheries, Sea Fisheries Research Station Haifa 42: 37-40.

Briggs, J.C. 1969. A new species of Lepadichthys (Gobiesocidae) from the Seychelles, Indian Ocean. Copeia 1969(3): 464-466 fig. 1

Briggs, J.C. 2001. New species of Lepadichthys from the Philippine Islands. Copeia 2001(2): 499-500. doi:10.1643/0045-8511(2001)001 Abstract

Coleman, N. 1974. Australian Marine Fishes in Colour. Sydney : A.H. & A.W. Reid 108 pp. (as Lepadichthys caritus)

Coleman, N. 1980. Australian Sea Fishes South of 30ºS. Lane Cove, NSW : Doubleday Australia Pty Ltd 309 pp. (as Lepadichthys caritus)

Craig, M.T., Bogorodsky, S.V., Randall, J.E. & Mal, O.A. 2015. Lepadichthys bilineatus, a new species of clingfish from Oman (Teleostei: Gobiesocidae), with a redescription of Lepadichthys erythraeus Briggs and Link from the Red Sea. Zootaxa 3990 (1): 113-122.

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

Francis, M. 1993. Checklist of the coastal fishes of Lord Howe, Norfolk, and Kermadec Islands, southwest Pacific Ocean. Pacific Science 47(2): 136-170 figs 1-2 (as Lepadichthys caritus)

Johnson, J.W. 2010. Fishes of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and adjacent continental shelf waters, Queensland, Australia. pp. 299-353 in Davie, P.J.F. & Phillips, J.A. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Marine Biological Workshop, The Marine Fauna and Flora of Moreton Bay. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 54(3) (as Lepadichthys caritus)

Kuiter, R.H. & Tonozuka, T. 2001. Pictorial guide to Indonesian reef fishes. Part 1. Eels - Snappers, Muraenidae - Lutjanidae. Australia : Zoonetics pp. 1-302.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37206020

Depth:5-25 m

Habitat:Reef associated, on criniods

Max Size:2.8 cm TL

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