IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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

Cortez clingfish,     Bohlke's clingfish

Body relatively slender, elongate, head relatively slender (both viewed from above); front nostril with small (usually less than nostril diameter) skin flap; 4 pairs of upper & 3 pairs of lower 3-pointed incisors, followed by usually 1 large canine on top jaw, & 1-2 on lower jaw; anus nearer origin of anal fin than sucker; 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, 6-8 rows of papillae across rear section; dorsal 6-8 rays; anal 6-7 rays; tail 8-9 rays. 

Top greenish; lower surface very pale, sometimes with dark cross; back with dark wiggly lines, and dark hour-glass shapes across top of body; a large black spot on flank above pectoral base; fins dark grey, with pale bar across middle of tail fin.

Size: 7.5 cm.

Habitat: rocky, wave-swept areas.

Depth: 0-12 m.

Gulf of California


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