Bridled Clingfish, Lepadichthys frenatus Waite 1904


Other Names: Bridled Cling-fish

A Bridled Clingfish, Lepadichthys frenatus, off Malabar, Lord Howe Island, February 2019. Source: jeyre / iNaturalist.org. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

Summary:
A pale pinkish to orange clingfish with a dark reddish stripe from the snout through the eye to the rear of the head. Bridled Clingfish usually shelter at the base of large sea urchins.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Lepadichthys frenatus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 27 Nov 2020, http://136.154.202.208/home/species/1157

Bridled Clingfish, Lepadichthys frenatus Waite 1904

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Distribution

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

Features

Dorsal fin 14-17; Anal fin 12-14; Pectoral fin 27-29; . Gill rakers 11-14.
Sucking disc medium in size, its length 4.9–5.8 in SL; dorsal and anal fins joined to caudal fin.
Head moderate in width, 15.4–19.8% SL; Disc moderate in size, length 15.1–18.4% SL; nasal canal pore usually located before posterior nostril anterior margin. 
Dorsal, anal and caudal fins connected by membranes; upper end of gill membrane level with 6th to 8th pectoral-fin ray base in lateral view; lower 10th to 12th pectoral-fin ray base attached to disc base by membrane.

Remarks

The Shark Bay Clingfish, Lepadichthys sandaracatus, may be a junior synonym of L. frenatus.

Etymology

The specific name is from the Latin frenatus (= bridled) in reference to the stripe from the snout to the rear of the head.

Species Citation

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

Author

Bray, D.J. 2020

Resources

Atlas of Living Australia

Bridled Clingfish, Lepadichthys frenatus Waite 1904

References


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

Briggs, J.C.& Link, G. 1963. New clingfishes of the genus Lepadichthys from the northern Indian Ocean and Red Sea (Pisces, Gobiesocidae). Senckenb. Biol. 44(2): 101-105.

Conway, K.W., Stewart, A.L. & Summers, A.P. 2018. A new genus and species of clingfish from the Rangitāhua Kermadec Islands of New Zealand (Teleostei, Gobiesocidae). ZooKeys 786: 75-104. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.786.28539

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 

Francis, M.P. 2019. Checklist of the coastal fishes of Lord Howe, Norfolk and Kermadec Islands, southwest Pacific Ocean. figshare. Collection. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.4428305.v2

Fujiwara, K. & Motomura, H. 2019. Validity of Lepadichthys misakius (Tanaka 1908) and redescription of Lepadichthys frenatus Waite 1904 (Gobiesocidae: Diademichthyinae). Zootaxa 4551(3): 275-298 https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4551.3.2

Gill, A.C. & Reader, S.E. 1992. Fishes. pp. 90-93, 193-228 in Hutchings, P. (ed.) Reef Biology. A Survey of Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs, South Pacific. Canberra : Australian National Parks Vol. 3, Kowari 230 pp. 

Johnson, J.W. 1999. Annotated checklist of the fishes of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 43(2): 709-762.

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) 

Marshall, T.C. 1964. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coastal Waters of Queensland. Sydney : Angus & Robertson 566 pp. 136 pls. 

Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press 707 pp.

Smith-Vaniz, W.F. & Carpenter, K.E. 2016. Lepadichthys frenatus (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T67905515A115448665. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T67905515A67906425.en. Downloaded on 13 December 2018.

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 https://doi.org/10.3853/j.0067-1975.5.1904.1053

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37206021

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-10 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:6 cm TL

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