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Trachelochismus melobesia  Phillipps, 1927

Striped clingfish
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiesociformes (Clingfishes) > Gobiesocidae (Clingfishes and singleslits) > Gobiesocinae
Etymology: Trachelochismus: Greek, trachelos = neck + Greek, schismos, -ou = cut (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 36 m (Ref. 9003).   Temperate

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9003); max. reported age: 4 years (Ref. 9003)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-11; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 7 - 8. Rose-pink in color, becoming scarlet on tail and fins. Pink with yellowish tinges ventrally. Deep reddish patch over most of body dorsally. Distinguished from other clingfishes by a broad, bluntly pointed head, with a thick, fleshy upper lip, no longitudinal groove below the eye but a line of papillae is usually present. The sucking disc has flattened papillae continuous across the anterior margin.

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Southwest Pacific: endemic to New Zealand.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits sheltered areas beneath rocks of the intertidal at mid to low tide level. Also found in subtidal areas. Feeds on small crustaceans and mollusks.

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Williams, Jeffrey T. | Collaborators

Paulin, C. and C. Roberts, 1992. The rockpool fishes of New Zealand (Te ika aaria o Aotearoa). Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa). 177 p.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.7500   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00513 (0.00217 - 0.01214), b=3.12 (2.91 - 3.33), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-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 (tmax=4).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (27 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.