Two-spotted clingfish (Diplecogaster bimaculata bimaculata)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandThe two-spotted cling fish is not very common but may be widely distributed around the coasts of Britain and Ireland.
HabitatIt is found mainly in rocky areas but is also common in seagrass beds and bivalve banks, where there are plenty of empty mollusc shells to provide shelter. The two-spotted cling fish is found from the lower shore down to 55 m.
- Sucker on underside.
- One short dorsal and anal fin.
- Yellow-rimmed purple spot behind pectoral fin (only males).
- Small, conical, rather curved teeth in patches in the front of the jaws (no large canine teeth).
Additional informationThe two-spotted cling fish can be confused with the small-headed cling fish Apletodon microcephalus. They can be told apart by looking at the teeth. The two-spotted cling fish lays its eggs in spring and summer on the underside of a shell or under stones and these are guarded by the parents. It feeds mainly on benthic organisms.
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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.]
Wheeler, A., 1969. The fishes of the British Isles and north-west Europe. London: Macmillan.
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Last Updated: 12/09/2007