IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: clingfish (English), chalaco (Espanol), chupapiedra (Espanol)
Tomicodon chilensis Brisout de Barneville, 1846

Smallsucker clingfish

Body relatively slender, elongate, head relatively slender (both viewed from above); 8-10 rakers on 2nd  & 3rd  gill arch; front nostril with medium (usually a little longer than nostril diameter) skin flap; rear nostril before eye; 4 pairs of upper & lower incisors, inner pair plain, outer ones 3-pointed, followed by 1 large canine on top jaw, & 1-2 on lower jaw; anus nearer origin of anal fin than sucker; upper edge of gill opening before top of pectoral; pectoral 19-20 rays; only a small fleshy swelling at pectoral base; sucker disc with broad patch of papillae at front, no papillae in center, 5-8 rows of papillae across rear section; dorsal 7-9 rays; anal 6-9 rays; tail 8-10 rays.

(Preserved fish) Top pale, with numerous small dark grey & black dots and wiggly lines on side; a large dark spot on flank above pectoral base; fins dusky, with clear margins.

Size: 6.5 cm.

Habitat: rocks.

Depth: 0-10 m.

Northern Peru to Chile; the Galapagos


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