Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiesociformes
(Clingfishes) > Gobiesocidae
(Clingfishes and singleslits) > Gobiesocinae
Etymology: Diplecogaster: Greek, di = two + Greek, pleko = plait, pigtail (Ref. 45335).
Issue on validity of subspecies: subspecies considered as valid in FB, elevated to species rank as Diplecogaster bimaculata (Bonnaterre, 1788) in Eschmeyer (CofF ver. Mar. 2011: Ref. 86697). Please send references, or more studies are needed.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; demersal; depth range 18 - 36 m (Ref. 12577). Temperate; 64°N - 35°N, 11°W - 31°E
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 35388)
soft rays: 4 - 7. Body elongated and flattened with red spot on each side, near the tip of dorsal fins. Minute gill openings (Ref. 35388).
Eastern Atlantic: Norway and the Faroes to Gibraltar including western Mediterranean and Adriatic Sea.
Trawled over soft mud bottom. Feeds mainly on benthic organisms (Ref. 12577). Inhabits shallow water on rocky bottoms and bivalve banks. Spawns in June - July, egg measures 1.5 mm. Larvae are pelagic (Ref. 35388).
Briggs, J.C., 1986. Gobiesocidae. p. 1351-1359. In P.J.P. Whitehead, M.-L. Bauchot, J.-C. Hureau, J. Nielsen and E. Tortonese (eds.) Fishes of the North-eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean, volume 3. UNESCO, Paris.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00549 (-0.18232 - 0.19329), b=3.10643 (3.00279 - 3.21008), based on LWR estimates for this family-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.5 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (35 of 100) .