Hector's clingfish

name = Hector's clingfish
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Actinopterygii
ordo = Gobiesociformes
familia = Gobiesocidae
genus = "Gastroscyphus"
genus_authority = Briggs, 1955
species = "G. hectoris"
binomial = "Gastroscyphus hectoris"
binomial_authority = (Günther, 1876)

Hector's clingfish, "Gastroscyphus hectoris", is a clingfish of the family Gobiesocidae, the only species in the genus "Gastrocyathus". It is found all down the east coast of New Zealand around the low water mark amongst seaweed, on rocky coastlines. Its length is up to 6.4 cm.

Hector's clingfish is commonly found amongst brown algae (Cystophora) in rock pools at the low tide level and subtidal areas. It is sometimes found on seaweed exposed at low tide. It swims towards cover and positions itself like drifting algae (heads up tail down position, sculling with the pectoral fins) when disturbed. It is distinguished from other clingfishes by its distinctive body form (it is robust and tapers abruptly behind the dorsal and anal fins).

Coloration is uniform or blotched reddish to olive green or brown dorsally, paler ventrally. A bar of lighter color runs along the head between the eyes and a narrow horizontal dark stripe runs from the snout to the operculum separating the darker dorsal pigment from the paler lower surface. Occasionally a variable row of white spots is found along the side of the body.



Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Gobiesocidae — Clingfishes Aspasmogaster tasmaniensis Scientific classification Kingdom: A …   Wikipedia

  • List of marine aquarium fish species — The following list of marine aquarium fish species commonly available in the aquarium trade is not a completely comprehensive list; certain rare specimens may sometimes be available commercially yet not be listed here. A brief section on each,… …   Wikipedia

  • List of reef fish of the Red Sea — These Red Sea fish are listed as Reef associated by Fishbase: *Acanthuridae ** Acanthurus gahhm , Black surgeonfish ** Acanthurus mata , Elongate surgeonfish ** Acanthurus nigricans , Whitecheek surgeonfish ** Acanthurus nigrofuscus , Brown… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.