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Family: Clinidae Clinids



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88 species (see list below)

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No picture found
Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 15 cm TL

 
Blennioclinus brachycephalus
[Lace klipfish]
No picture found
Western Indian Ocean and
Max. Length 5 cm TL

 
Blennioclinus stella
[Silverbubble klipfish]
No picture found
Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 30 cm TL

 
Blennophis anguillaris
[Snaky klipfish]
No picture found
Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 17.5 cm TL

 
Blennophis striatus
[Striped klipfish]

Photo by SFSA

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Cancelloxus burrelli Smith, 1961

Photo by SFSA
 
Cancelloxus burrelli
[Slender platanna-klipfish]

Photo by SFSA

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 5 cm TL
Cancelloxus elongatus Heemstra & Wright, 1986

Photo by SFSA
 
Cancelloxus elongatus
[Whiteblotched klipfish]
No picture found
Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 12.1 cm SL

 
Cancelloxus longior
[]
No picture found
Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 36 cm TL

 
Cirrhibarbis capensis
[Barbelled klipfish]
No picture found
Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 7 cm TL

 
Climacoporus navalis
[Fleet klipfish]

Photo by Wirtz, P.

Northeast Atlantic
Max. Length 10 cm TL
Clinitrachus argentatus (Risso, 1810)

Photo by Wirtz, P.
 
Clinitrachus argentatus
[Cline]

Photo by SFSA

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 13 cm TL
Clinoporus biporosus (Gilchrist & Thompson, 1908)

Photo by SFSA
 
Clinoporus biporosus
[Ladder klipfish]
No picture found
Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 13 cm TL

 
Clinus acuminatus
[Sad klipfish]
No picture found
Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 10 cm TL

 
Clinus agilis
[Agile klipfish]
No picture found
Southwestern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 22 cm SL

 
Clinus arborescens
[]

Photo by SFSA

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Clinus berrisfordi Penrith, 1967

Photo by SFSA
 
Clinus berrisfordi
[Onrust klipfish]
No picture found
Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 12 cm TL

 
Clinus brevicristatus
[Cape klipfish]
No picture found
Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 15 cm TL

 
Clinus cottoides
[Bluntnose klipfish]
No picture found
South Atlantic Ocean
Max. Length 12.7 cm SL

 
Clinus exasperatus
[]
No picture found
Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 10 cm TL

 
Clinus helenae
[Helen's klipfish]

Photo by SFSA

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 13 cm TL
Clinus heterodon Valenciennes, 1836

Photo by SFSA
 
Clinus heterodon
[Westcoast klipfish]

Photo by SFSA

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Clinus latipennis Valenciennes, 1836

Photo by SFSA
 
Clinus latipennis
[False Bay klipfish]
No picture found
Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 18.3 cm SL

 
Clinus musaicus
[]

Photo by SFSA

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 11 cm TL
Clinus nematopterus Günther, 1861

Photo by SFSA
 
Clinus nematopterus
[Chinese klipfish]
No picture found
Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 50 cm TL

 
Clinus robustus
[Robust klipfish]

Photo by SFSA

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 5 cm SL
Clinus rotundifrons Barnard, 1937

Photo by SFSA
 
Clinus rotundifrons
[Kelp klipfish]

Photo by SFSA

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 17.5 cm TL
Clinus spatulatus Bennett, 1983

Photo by SFSA
 
Clinus spatulatus
[Bot River klipfish]

Photo by King, D.R.

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Clinus superciliosus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by King, D.R.
 
Clinus superciliosus
[]
No picture found
Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 23 cm TL

 
Clinus taurus
[Bull klipfish]

Photo by Coetzee, C.

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Clinus venustris Gilchrist & Thompson, 1908

Photo by Coetzee, C.
 
Clinus venustris
[Speckled klipfish]
No picture found
Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 16 cm TL

 
Clinus woodi
[Oldman klipfish]
No picture found
Southwest Pacific

 
Cologrammus flavescens
[Short-tassel weedfish]
No picture found
Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm TL

 
Cristiceps argyropleura
[Silver-sided weedfish]

Photo by Schulz, S.

Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 22 cm TL
Cristiceps aurantiacus Castelnau, 1879

Photo by Schulz, S.
 
Cristiceps aurantiacus
[Golden weedfish]
No picture found
Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm TL

 
Cristiceps australis
[Crested weedfish]

Photo by Caiger, P.

Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 10.5 cm SL
Ericentrus rubrus (Hutton, 1872)

Photo by Caiger, P.
 
Ericentrus rubrus
[Orange clinid]

Photo by SFSA

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 10 cm TL
Fucomimus mus (Gilchrist & Thompson, 1908)

Photo by SFSA
 
Fucomimus mus
[Mousey klipfish]
No picture found
Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 16 cm TL

 
Gibbonsia elegans
[Spotted kelpfish]
No picture found
Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 24 cm TL

 
Gibbonsia metzi
[Striped kelpfish]

Photo by Bauder, C.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 11 cm TL
Gibbonsia montereyensis Hubbs, 1927

Photo by Bauder, C.
 
Gibbonsia montereyensis
[Crevice kelpfish]
No picture found
Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 9 cm TL

 
Heteroclinus adelaidae
[Adelaide's weedfish]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean

 
Heteroclinus antinectes
[Natal weedfish]
No picture found
Indo-West Pacific southe
Max. Length 11 cm TL

 
Heteroclinus eckloniae
[Kelp weedfish]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 9.7 cm TL

 
Heteroclinus equiradiatus
[Sevenbar weedfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 10 cm TL
Heteroclinus heptaeolus (Ogilby, 1885)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Heteroclinus heptaeolus
[Ogilby's weedfish]
No picture found
Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 40 cm TL

 
Heteroclinus johnstoni
[Johnston's weedfish]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 6 cm SL

 
Heteroclinus kuiteri
[]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 10 cm TL

 
Heteroclinus macrophthalmus
[Large-eye weedfish]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 14 cm TL

 
Heteroclinus marmoratus
[Slender weedfish]
No picture found
Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 9 cm TL

 
Heteroclinus nasutus
[Large-nose weedfish]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 20 cm TL

 
Heteroclinus perspicillatus
[Common weedfish]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 10 cm TL

 
Heteroclinus puellarum
[Little weedfish]

Photo by Dowling, C.

Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Heteroclinus roseus (Günther, 1861)

Photo by Dowling, C.
 
Heteroclinus roseus
[Rosy weedfish]
No picture found
Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 30 cm TL

 
Heteroclinus tristis
[Sharp-nose weedfish]
No picture found
Western Pacific
Max. Length 10 cm TL

 
Heteroclinus whiteleggii
[Whitelegg's weedfish]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 14 cm TL

 
Heteroclinus wilsoni
[Wilson's weedfish]

Photo by Steele, M.A.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 61 cm TL
Heterostichus rostratus Girard, 1854

Photo by Steele, M.A.
 
Heterostichus rostratus
[Giant kelpfish]
No picture found
Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 10 cm TL

 
Muraenoclinus dorsalis
[Nosestripe klipfish]

Photo by Galvez, M.E.

Southeast Pacific

Myxodes cristatus Valenciennes, 1836

Photo by Galvez, M.E.
 
Myxodes cristatus
[Sailfin clinid]
No picture found
Southeast Pacific

 
Myxodes ornatus
[]
No picture found
Southeast Pacific
Max. Length 13.5 cm TL

 
Myxodes viridis
[]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 9.5 cm TL

 
Ophiclinops hutchinsi
[Earspot snakeblenny]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 7 cm TL

 
Ophiclinops pardalis
[Spotted snakeblenny]
No picture found
Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 5 cm TL

 
Ophiclinops varius
[Variegated snake-blenny]

Photo by Saunders, B.

Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 14 cm TL
Ophiclinus antarcticus Castelnau, 1872

Photo by Saunders, B.
 
Ophiclinus antarcticus
[Adelaide snakeblenny]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 7 cm TL

 
Ophiclinus brevipinnis
[Shortfin snakeblenny]
No picture found
Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 16 cm TL

 
Ophiclinus gabrieli
[Frosted snake-blenny]
No picture found
Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 10 cm TL

 
Ophiclinus gracilis
[Black-back snake-blenny]
No picture found
Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 7.5 cm TL

 
Ophiclinus ningulus
[Variable snake-blenny]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 6 cm TL

 
Ophiclinus pectoralis
[Whiteblotch snakeblenny]

Photo by Zsilavecz, G.

Southeast Atlantic

Pavoclinus caeruleopunctatus Zsilavecz, 2001

Photo by Zsilavecz, G.
 
Pavoclinus caeruleopunctatus
[]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 16 cm TL
Pavoclinus graminis (Gilchrist & Thompson, 1908)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Pavoclinus graminis
[Grass klipfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 13 cm TL
Pavoclinus laurentii (Gilchrist & Thompson, 1908)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Pavoclinus laurentii
[Rippled klipfish]

Photo by SFSA

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 21 cm TL
Pavoclinus litorafontis Penrith, 1965

Photo by SFSA
 
Pavoclinus litorafontis
[Slinky klipfish]
No picture found
Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 30 cm TL

 
Pavoclinus mentalis
[Bearded klipfish]

Photo by SFSA

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 5 cm TL
Pavoclinus myae Christensen, 1978

Photo by SFSA
 
Pavoclinus myae
[Mya's klipfish]
No picture found
Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 15 cm TL

 
Pavoclinus pavo
[Peacock klipfish]
No picture found
Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 5 cm TL

 
Pavoclinus profundus
[Deepwater klipfish]

Photo by SFSA

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 5.5 cm TL
Pavoclinus smalei Heemstra & Wright, 1986

Photo by SFSA
 
Pavoclinus smalei
[Deep-reef klipfish]

Photo by Saunders, B.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 13 cm TL
Peronedys anguillaris Steindachner, 1883

Photo by Saunders, B.
 
Peronedys anguillaris
[Eel blenny]

Photo by Menezes, N.A./Figueiredo, J.L.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 4.4 cm NG
Ribeiroclinus eigenmanni (Jordan, 1888)

Photo by Menezes, N.A./Figueiredo, J.L.
 
Ribeiroclinus eigenmanni
[]
No picture found
Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 30 cm TL

 
Smithichthys fucorum
[Leafy klipfish]
No picture found
Southwest Pacific

 
Springeratus caledonicus
[Caledonian weedfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 5.0 cm SL
Springeratus polyporatus Fraser, 1972

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Springeratus polyporatus
[]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-West Pacific.
Max. Length 8.2 cm TL
Springeratus xanthosoma (Bleeker, 1857)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Springeratus xanthosoma
[Indonesia weedfish]
No picture found
Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 8 cm TL

 
Sticharium clarkae
[Dusky crawler]
No picture found
Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 9.5 cm TL

 
Sticharium dorsale
[Sand crawler]

Photo by SFSA

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 10 cm TL
Xenopoclinus kochi Smith, 1948

Photo by SFSA
 
Xenopoclinus kochi
[Platanna klipfish]

Photo by SFSA

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 8 cm TL
Xenopoclinus leprosus Smith, 1961

Photo by SFSA
 
Xenopoclinus leprosus
[Leprous platanna-klipfish]
88 Species of Family Clinidae
(Clinids)
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Year Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
1836 Blennioclinus brachycephalus Lace klipfish Southeast Atlantic 15 TL
1946 Blennioclinus stella Silverbubble klipfish Western Indian Ocean and 5 TL
1836 Blennophis anguillaris Snaky klipfish Southeast Atlantic 30 TL
1908 Blennophis striatus Striped klipfish Southeast Atlantic 17.5 TL
1961 Cancelloxus burrelli Slender platanna-klipfish Southeast Atlantic 12 TL
1986 Cancelloxus elongatus Whiteblotched klipfish Southeast Atlantic 5 TL
1991 Cancelloxus longior Southeast Atlantic 12.1 SL
1836 Cirrhibarbis capensis Barbelled klipfish Southeast Atlantic 36 TL
1935 Climacoporus navalis Fleet klipfish Southeast Atlantic 7 TL
1810 Clinitrachus argentatus Cline Northeast Atlantic 10 TL
1908 Clinoporus biporosus Ladder klipfish Southeast Atlantic 13 TL
1801 Clinus acuminatus Sad klipfish Southeast Atlantic 13 TL
1931 Clinus agilis Agile klipfish Southeast Atlantic 10 TL
1908 Clinus arborescens Southwestern Indian Ocean 22 SL
1967 Clinus berrisfordi Onrust klipfish Southeast Atlantic 12 TL
1908 Clinus brevicristatus Cape klipfish Southeast Atlantic 12 TL
1836 Clinus cottoides Bluntnose klipfish Southeast Atlantic 15 TL
2012 Clinus exasperatus South Atlantic Ocean 12.7 SL
1946 Clinus helenae Helen's klipfish Southeast Atlantic 10 TL
1836 Clinus heterodon Westcoast klipfish Southeast Atlantic 13 TL
1836 Clinus latipennis False Bay klipfish Southeast Atlantic 12 TL
2012 Clinus musaicus Southeast Atlantic 18.3 SL
1861 Clinus nematopterus Chinese klipfish Southeast Atlantic 11 TL
1908 Clinus robustus Robust klipfish Southeast Atlantic 50 TL
1937 Clinus rotundifrons Kelp klipfish Southeast Atlantic 5 SL
1983 Clinus spatulatus Bot River klipfish Southeast Atlantic 17.5 TL
1758 Clinus superciliosus Southeast Atlantic 30 TL
1908 Clinus taurus Bull klipfish Southeast Atlantic 23 TL
1908 Clinus venustris Speckled klipfish Southeast Atlantic 12 TL
1946 Clinus woodi Oldman klipfish Western Indian Ocean 16 TL
1872 Cologrammus flavescens Short-tassel weedfish Southwest Pacific
1865 Cristiceps argyropleura Silver-sided weedfish Indo-West Pacific 18 TL
1879 Cristiceps aurantiacus Golden weedfish Southwest Pacific 22 TL
1836 Cristiceps australis Crested weedfish Indo-West Pacific 18 TL
1872 Ericentrus rubrus Orange clinid Southwest Pacific 10.5 SL
1908 Fucomimus mus Mousey klipfish Southeast Atlantic 10 TL
1864 Gibbonsia elegans Spotted kelpfish Eastern Pacific 16 TL
1927 Gibbonsia metzi Striped kelpfish Eastern Pacific 24 TL
1927 Gibbonsia montereyensis Crevice kelpfish Eastern Pacific 11 TL
1872 Heteroclinus adelaidae Adelaide's weedfish Indo-West Pacific 9 TL
1861 Heteroclinus antinectes Natal weedfish Eastern Indian Ocean
1970 Heteroclinus eckloniae Kelp weedfish Indo-West Pacific southe 11 TL
1960 Heteroclinus equiradiatus Sevenbar weedfish Eastern Indian Ocean 9.7 TL
1885 Heteroclinus heptaeolus Ogilby's weedfish Indo-West Pacific 10 TL
1886 Heteroclinus johnstoni Johnston's weedfish Indo-West Pacific 40 TL
2006 Heteroclinus kuiteri Eastern Indian Ocean 6 SL
1976 Heteroclinus macrophthalmus Large-eye weedfish Eastern Indian Ocean 10 TL
1872 Heteroclinus marmoratus Slender weedfish Eastern Indian Ocean 14 TL
1861 Heteroclinus nasutus Large-nose weedfish Southwest Pacific 9 TL
1836 Heteroclinus perspicillatus Common weedfish Eastern Indian Ocean 20 TL
1955 Heteroclinus puellarum Little weedfish Eastern Indian Ocean 10 TL
1861 Heteroclinus roseus Rosy weedfish Pacific Ocean 15 TL
1872 Heteroclinus tristis Sharp-nose weedfish Indo-West Pacific 30 TL
1894 Heteroclinus whiteleggii Whitelegg's weedfish Western Pacific 10 TL
1891 Heteroclinus wilsoni Wilson's weedfish Eastern Indian Ocean 14 TL
1854 Heterostichus rostratus Giant kelpfish Eastern Pacific 61 TL
1859 Muraenoclinus dorsalis Nosestripe klipfish Southeast Atlantic 10 TL
1836 Myxodes cristatus Sailfin clinid Southeast Pacific
1974 Myxodes ornatus Southeast Pacific
1836 Myxodes viridis Southeast Pacific 13.5 TL
1980 Ophiclinops hutchinsi Earspot snakeblenny Eastern Indian Ocean 9.5 TL
1918 Ophiclinops pardalis Spotted snakeblenny Eastern Indian Ocean 7 TL
1918 Ophiclinops varius Variegated snake-blenny Indo-West Pacific 5 TL
1872 Ophiclinus antarcticus Adelaide snakeblenny Eastern Indian Ocean 14 TL
1980 Ophiclinus brevipinnis Shortfin snakeblenny Eastern Indian Ocean 7 TL
1906 Ophiclinus gabrieli Frosted snake-blenny Indo-West Pacific 16 TL
1906 Ophiclinus gracilis Black-back snake-blenny Indo-West Pacific 10 TL
1980 Ophiclinus ningulus Variable snake-blenny Indo-West Pacific 7.5 TL
1980 Ophiclinus pectoralis Whiteblotch snakeblenny Eastern Indian Ocean 6 TL
2001 Pavoclinus caeruleopunctatus Southeast Atlantic
1908 Pavoclinus graminis Grass klipfish Western Indian Ocean 16 TL
1908 Pavoclinus laurentii Rippled klipfish Western Indian Ocean 13 TL
1965 Pavoclinus litorafontis Slinky klipfish Southeast Atlantic 21 TL
1908 Pavoclinus mentalis Bearded klipfish Western Indian Ocean 30 TL
1978 Pavoclinus myae Mya's klipfish Southeast Atlantic 5 TL
1908 Pavoclinus pavo Peacock klipfish Southeast Atlantic 15 TL
1961 Pavoclinus profundus Deepwater klipfish Southeast Atlantic 5 TL
1986 Pavoclinus smalei Deep-reef klipfish Southeast Atlantic 5.5 TL
1883 Peronedys anguillaris Eel blenny Indo-West Pacific 13 TL
1888 Ribeiroclinus eigenmanni Western Atlantic 4.4 NG
1908 Smithichthys fucorum Leafy klipfish Southeast Atlantic 30 TL
1874 Springeratus caledonicus Caledonian weedfish Southwest Pacific
1972 Springeratus polyporatus Western Indian Ocean 5.0 SL
1857 Springeratus xanthosoma Indonesia weedfish Indo-West Pacific. 8.2 TL
1980 Sticharium clarkae Dusky crawler Indo-West Pacific 8 TL
1867 Sticharium dorsale Sand crawler Indo-West Pacific 9.5 TL
1948 Xenopoclinus kochi Platanna klipfish Southeast Atlantic 10 TL
1961 Xenopoclinus leprosus Leprous platanna-klipfish Southeast Atlantic 8 TL



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