IUCN threat status:

Endangered (EN)

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  Common names: clingfish (English), chalaco (Espanol), chupapiedra (Espanol)
Tomicodon abuelorum Szelistowski, 1990

Grandparent's clingfish

Body relatively slender, elongate, head relatively slender (both viewed from above); 5-7 & 6-8 short, blunt rakers on 2nd  & 3rd  gill arches; front nostril without skin flap; 4-5 pairs of upper & 4 pairs of lower 3-pointed incisors, followed by 1-3 & 1-2 large canines, respectively, on each side; anus notably nearer origin of anal fin than sucker; pectoral 21-24 rays; only a small fleshy swelling at pectoral base; sucker disc with broad patch of papillae at front, no papillae in center, 4-5 rows of papillae across rear section; dorsal relatively long 10-12 rays; anal 8-10 rays; tail 10-12 rays. 

Translucent light olive above; 4-5 dark lines radiate from eye - to snout, to corner of mouth, behind eye; large dark spot on flank above pectoral base, often bordered at front by same-sized white spot; ~15 narrow brown bars, some in form of a Y, on body between pectoral and tail base, front bars oblique; all fins except pelvics with numerous small spots, concentrated along rays of pectoral; base of tail fin dark.

Size: 4.2 cm.

Habitat: mangrove roots.

Depth: 0-5 m.

El Salvador to Panama.   


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