Smalldisc Clingfish, Pherallodus indicus (Weber 1913)

A Smalldisc Clingfish, Pherallodus indicus, in the Izu Ocean Park, Japan. Source: Izuzuki / License: CC By Attribution

A tiny dark reddish to purplish clingfish with a pattern of fine pale lines enclosing irregular spots and blotches on the top of the head and back, and a broad pale stripe down the snout. Smalldisc Clingfish shelter amongst sea urchin spines at Lord Howe Island.

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Smalldisc Clingfish, Pherallodus indicus (Weber 1913)

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Recorded from the Lord Howe Island region in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs from Indonesia to southern Japan, Lord Howe Island, New Caledonia, Tuamotu Archipelago to Pitcairn Island. 
Inhabits rocky and coral reefs, sometimes in association with the sea urchins Stomopneustes variolaris and Heterocentrus trigonarius.


Further work on the clingfishes of Lord Howe Island is required, and identification is tentative for Pherallodus indicus. Material in the Australian Museum suggests multiple species of uncertain identity. (Hoese et al. Australian Faunal Directory).

Species Citation

Crepidogaster indicus Weber, 1913, Siboga-Expéditie Report 57: 525, fig. 111. Type locality: Sanana Island, Sula Islands. 


Dianne J. Bray


Australian Faunal Directory

Smalldisc Clingfish, Pherallodus indicus (Weber 1913)


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

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

Hoese, D.F., D.J. Bray & M.M. Lockett. 2013. Pherallodus indicus. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. Viewed 19 September 2014.

Masuda, H., Amaoka, K., Araga, C., Uyeno, T. & Yoshino, T. (eds) 1984. The Fishes of the Japanese Archipelago. Tokyo : Tokai University Press Vol. 1–2 437 pp. 247 figs 370 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.

Weber, M. 1913. Die Fische der Siboga-Expedition. Siboga-Expéditie Report 57: 1-710 123 figs 12 pls

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CAAB Code:37206040

Behaviour:Shelters among sea urchins

Depth:1-6 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:3.5 cm TL

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