Kuiter's deepsea clingfish

name = Kuiter's deepsea clingfish
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Actinopterygii
ordo = Gobiesociformes
familia = Gobiesocidae
genus = "Kopua"
species = "K. kuiteri"
binomial = "Kopua kuiteri"
binomial_authority = Hutchins, 1991
The Kuiter's deepsea clingfish, "Kopua kuiteri", is a clingfish of the family Gobiesocidae, found only off New South Wales, Australia, at depths of between 90 and 110 m.

Kuiter's deepsea clingfish has an elongate body with smooth, scaleless skin. It has fleshy lips and close-set eyes.

The dorsal and anal fins are positioned opposite each other towards the rear of the body. The arrangement of papillae on the sucking disc is one of the characters that separate this species from the only other species in the genus, "Kopua nuimata".

The holotype was found inside an empty cowrie shell that was trawled at a depth of between 92 m and 110 m, off Bermagui, southern New South Wales in August 1980. It was named after its collector, Rudie Kuiter.


* [http://www.amonline.net.au/fishes/fishfacts/fish/kkuiteri.htm Australian Museum Fish Site]
* Hutchins, J.B. 1991. "Description of a new deepwater clingfish (Gobiesocidae) from New South Wales". Records of the Western Australian Museum. 15(2): 463-468.

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