A very small flattened fish
with a tapered head. A single dorsal fin at the rear of the body opposite
the anal fin. Pelvic fins fused into a suction cup. Variable bright colours,
notable a bright red, usually but often with two ocellated spots which
may be hidden by the pectoral fins. It has a broader head than the similar
fish with a ridge on the top of the head and without the broad stripe across
Similar species: Apletodon
In shallow water, but rarely intertidal, and less likely to be found in
kelp holdlfasts than the similar species.
British coasts, mostly in south and west with the only BMLSS records from
the south Cornish coast. Records from the Cullercoats area, Newcastle,
and from the coast of Norway.
Notes: Records prior to 1971 may be the similar species.
Information supplied by
Andy Horton (BMLSS) with helpful information from Jon Makeham (Looe) and
Frank Moen (Norway).
sighting of the Two-spotted Clingfish.
at depth of 15 metres in Loch
of finding: 15:20 hrs
Reynolds and Bryony Robinson
of identification: fish was photographed in situ - see below
small goby in this picture distracts the viewer's
attention away from the distinct red partially ocellated spot on the flanks
of the clingfish
by Dan Reynolds
Only one fish found in five dives in near vicinity,
on the south shore of the upper
part of Loch Creran, about half a mile above the narrows.
Creran (Marine Special Area of Conservation)
details: Fish around 40-50 mm in length. Generally remained curled, did
not move from a small area despite disturbance, showed ability to point
eyes in different directions.
think it was the two spotted species because of the red spot on the side
and the relatively big head. There's a picture that looks particularly
similar on Fishbase
- both the reddish cheek and the red spot."
Information wanted: Please
send any records of this fish, with location, date, who discovered it,
how it was identified, prevalence, common name and any other details to
Project EMail Glaucus@hotmail.com.
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