Broad Clingfish, Creocele cardinalis (Ramsay 1882)

Other Names: Cardinal Clingfish

A Cardinal Clingfish, Creocele Cardinalis. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved

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Bray, D.J. 2022, Creocele cardinalis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 19 Apr 2024,

Broad Clingfish, Creocele cardinalis (Ramsay 1882)

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Nadgee, southern New South Wales, to  Kangaroo Island, South Australia, and coastal Tasmania.
Inhabits intertidal and subtidal reefs, often in weedy areas.

Species Citation

Gobiesox cardinalis Ramsay 1882, Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1 7(2): 148. Type locality: near George Town, northern Tasmania.


Bray, D.J. 2022


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Broad Clingfish, Creocele cardinalis (Ramsay 1882)


Briggs, J.C. 1955. A monograph of the clingfishes (order Xenopterygii). Stanford Ichthyological Bulletin 6: 1-224 figs 1-114 

Conway, K.W., Moore, G.I. & Summers, A.P. 2017. A new genus and species of clingfish (Teleostei: Gobiesocidae) from Western Australia. Copeia 105(1): 128-140

Hutchins, J.B. 1994. Family Gobiesocidae. pp. 305-324, figs 269-289 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs. 

Hutchins, J.B. 2008. Family Gobiesocidae. pp. 722-741 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. 

Hutchins, J.B. & Swainston, R. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete field guide for anglers and divers. Perth : Swainston Publishing 180 pp. 

Last, P.R., Scott, E.O.G. & Talbot, F.H. 1983. Fishes of Tasmania. Hobart : Tasmanian Fisheries Development Authority 563 pp. figs. 

Ramsay, E.P. 1882. On a new species of Gobiesox from Tasmania. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1 7(2): 148 See ref at BHL

Waite, E.R. 1906. Descriptions of and notes on some South Australian and Tasmanian fishes. Records of the Australian Museum 6(3): 194-210 figs 34-36

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CAAB Code:37206003

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:7.5 cm TL


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