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Connemara clingfish (Lepadogaster candolii)

Distribution data supplied by the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). To interrogate UK data visit the NBN Atlas.

Summary

Description

The connemara clingfish Lepadogaster candollei is a small species reaching up to 7.5 cm in length. The front half of the body is depressed and tapers towards the front. The snout is produced and rounded when viewed from above. The dorsal and anal fins are prolonged and flattened and are not connected to the caudal fin. The caudal fin and pectoral fins are rounded in shape. The pelvic fins are modified into a specialised sucking disc. Flattened papillae are present in 3-5 rows across the disc region. Males are generally reddish above with bright red spots on the head. Females are yellowish-green.

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

Found off western Scotland and south-west England and Ireland.

Global distribution

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Habitat

The Connemara clingfish is a coastal benthic species although little is known about its habitat preferences.

Depth range

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Identifying features

  • Up to 7.
  • 5 cm.
  • Depressed head with a large rounded snout.
  • Dorsal and anal fins are prolonged but detached.
  • Flattened papillae are present on the sucking disc.

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Bibliography

  1. Froese, R. & Pauly, D., 2007. Fishbase. A global information system on fishes. [On-line] http://www.fishbase.org, 2008-02-18

  2. Howson, C.M. & Picton, B.E., 1997. The species directory of the marine fauna and flora of the British Isles and surrounding seas. Belfast: Ulster Museum. [Ulster Museum publication, no. 276.]

  3. National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Atlas website. Available from: http://www.nbnatlas.org.  Accessed 01 April 2017

  4. OBIS,  2017. Global map of species distribution using gridded data. Available from: Ocean Biogeographic Information System. www.iobis.org. Accessed: 2017-11-19

  5. Whitehead, P.J.P., Bauchot, M.-L., Hureau, J.-C., Nielson, J. & Tortonese, E. 1986. Fishes of the North-eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Vol. I, II & III. Paris: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

  6. WoRMS 2007. The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). http://www.marinespecies.org, 2008-10-31

Citation

This review can be cited as:

Barnes, M.K.S. 2008. Lepadogaster candolii Connemara clingfish. In Tyler-Walters H. and Hiscock K. (eds) Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews, [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Available from: http://www.marlin.ac.uk/species/detail/149

Last Updated: 12/05/2008