Bridled Clingfish, Lepadichthys frenatus Waite 1904

Other Names: Bridled Cling-fish

A Bridled Clingfish, Lepadichthys frenatus, on the Izu Peninsula, Japan. Source: Izuzuki / License: CC BY Attribution-ShareAlike

A pale pinkish to orange clingfish with a dark reddish stripe from the snout through the eye and across the gill cover. Bridled Clingfish usually shelter at the base of large sea urchins.

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Bridled Clingfish, Lepadichthys frenatus Waite 1904

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Southern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to at least South Solitary Island, New South Wales; also Lord Howe Island, and Middleton Reef and Elizabeth Reef, and Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere. the species occurs in the tropical, west-central Pacific.
Inhabits coral and rocky reefs, usually sheltering at the base of the sea urchin Diadema setosum.


Dorsal fin 15-17; Anal fin 12-15. Gill rakers (2nd gill arch) 10-14.
Sucking disc medium in size, its length 4.9–5.8 in SL; dorsal and anal fins joined to caudal fin.

Species Citation

Lepadichthys frenatus Waite 1904. Rec. Aust. Mus. 5(3): 180, pl. 24(2). Type locality: Lord Howe Island.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Bridled Clingfish, Lepadichthys frenatus Waite 1904


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Waite, E.R. 1904. Additions to the fish-fauna of Lord Howe Island. No. 4. Records of the Australian Museum 5(3): 135-186 fig. 32 pls 17-24 DOI: 10.3853/j.0067-1975.5.1904.1053, open access

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CAAB Code:37206021

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-10 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:6 cm TL

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