IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: clingfish (English), chalaco (Espanol), chupapiedra (Espanol)
Tomicodon myersi Briggs, 1955

Blackstripe clingfish,     Myers' clingfish

Body relatively slender, elongate, head relatively slender (both viewed from above); front nostril with small (slightly > nostril diameter) skin flap; 4 pairs of upper & 3 pairs of lower 3-pointed incisors, followed by 1-2 & 1 large canines, respectively, on each side; anus much closer to anal fin origin than to rear margin of disc; pectoral 20-21 rays; only a small fleshy swelling at pectoral base; sucker disc with broad patch of papillae at front, papillae on inner row of front section at least twice as long as others, no papillae in center, 5-7 rows of papillae across rear section; dorsal 6-8 rays; anal 5-8 rays; tail 7-8 rays.

Upper head & body pale grey with scattered white speckles; several wiggly transverse dark lines across top of head behind eyes; sides of head pale grey; 4 thin bars from eye - 2 below and 2 behind; an irregular white band along back at eye level, with 2 wide extensions down onto flank behind of pectoral; midflank with an irregular dark stripe plus blotches; dorsal with a dark margin; inner 2/3 of tail fin dark; no dark spot on flank above pectoral fin. 

Size: 2.6 cm.

Habitat: intertidal rock pools and subtidal boulders.

Depth: 0-7 m.

Central Gulf of California to Colombia.


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