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Northern Clingfish
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Scientific Name Gobiesox maeandricus
Conservation Status Data Defficient
Family Chordata
Habitat North Pacific Rim
Food Small Crustaceans and Plankton


Clingfishes are fishes of the family Gobiesocidae. Most species are marine, being found in shallow waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. They are bottom-dwelling fishes; some species shelter in sea urchins or crinoids.

Clingfishes are typically small fish, with most species less than 6 centimetres (2.4 in) in length. They have tapering bodies with a single dorsal fin, and flattened heads. In most species the pelvic fins are modified into a sucking disc. The lateral line is well developed, but may not extend to the posterior parts of the body.

The skin of clingfishes is smooth and scale-less, with a thick layer of protective mucus. They have a cryptic colouration, and in some cases can rapidly change colour to match their background.

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