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Family: Clinidae Clinids



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No picture found

Max. Length 15 cm TL

 
Blennioclinus brachycephalus
[Lace klipfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 5 cm TL

 
Blennioclinus stella
[Silverbubble klipfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 30 cm TL

 
Blennophis anguillaris
[Snaky klipfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 17.5 cm TL

 
Blennophis striatus
[Striped klipfish]



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

Photo by Photo by SFSA
 
Cancelloxus burrelli
[Slender platanna-klipfish]



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

Photo by Photo by SFSA
 
Cancelloxus elongatus
[Whiteblotched klipfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 12.1 cm SL

 
Cancelloxus longior
[]



Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 36 cm TL
Cirrhibarbis capensis Valenciennes, 1836

Photo by Photo by du Preez, D.
 
Cirrhibarbis capensis
[Barbelled klipfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 7 cm TL

 
Climacoporus navalis
[Fleet klipfish]



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

Photo by Photo by Wirtz, P.
 
Clinitrachus argentatus
[Cline]



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

Photo by Photo by SFSA
 
Clinoporus biporosus
[Ladder klipfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 13 cm TL

 
Clinus acuminatus
[Sad klipfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 10 cm TL

 
Clinus agilis
[Agile klipfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 22 cm SL

 
Clinus arborescens
[]



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

Photo by Photo by SFSA
 
Clinus berrisfordi
[Onrust klipfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 12 cm TL

 
Clinus brevicristatus
[Cape klipfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 15 cm TL

 
Clinus cottoides
[Bluntnose klipfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 12.7 cm SL

 
Clinus exasperatus
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 10 cm TL

 
Clinus helenae
[Helen's klipfish]



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

Photo by Photo by SFSA
 
Clinus heterodon
[Westcoast klipfish]



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

Photo by Photo by SFSA
 
Clinus latipennis
[False Bay klipfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 18.3 cm SL

 
Clinus musaicus
[]



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

Photo by Photo by SFSA
 
Clinus nematopterus
[Chinese klipfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 50 cm TL

 
Clinus robustus
[Robust klipfish]



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

Photo by Photo by SFSA
 
Clinus rotundifrons
[Kelp klipfish]



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

Photo by Photo by SFSA
 
Clinus spatulatus
[Bot River klipfish]



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

Photo by Photo by King, D.R.
 
Clinus superciliosus
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 23 cm TL

 
Clinus taurus
[Bull klipfish]



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

Photo by Photo by Koch, R.J.
 
Clinus venustris
[Speckled klipfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 16 cm TL

 
Clinus woodi
[Oldman klipfish]
No picture found


 
Cologrammus flavescens
[Short-tassel weedfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 18 cm TL

 
Cristiceps argyropleura
[Silverside weedfish]



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

Photo by Photo by Schulz, S.
 
Cristiceps aurantiacus
[Golden weedfish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Cristiceps australis Valenciennes, 1836

Photo by Photo by Graham, K.
 
Cristiceps australis
[Southern crested weedfish]



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

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



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

Photo by Photo by SFSA
 
Fucomimus mus
[Mousey klipfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 16 cm TL

 
Gibbonsia elegans
[Spotted kelpfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 24 cm TL

 
Gibbonsia metzi
[Striped kelpfish]



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

Photo by Photo by Bauder, C.
 
Gibbonsia montereyensis
[Crevice kelpfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 9 cm TL

 
Heteroclinus adelaidae
[Adelaide's weedfish]
No picture found


 
Heteroclinus antinectes
[Natal weedfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 11 cm TL

 
Heteroclinus eckloniae
[Kelp weedfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 9.7 cm TL

 
Heteroclinus equiradiatus
[Sevenbar weedfish]



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

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Heteroclinus heptaeolus
[Ogilby's weedfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 40 cm TL

 
Heteroclinus johnstoni
[Johnston's weedfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 6 cm SL

 
Heteroclinus kuiteri
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 10 cm TL

 
Heteroclinus macrophthalmus
[Large-eye weedfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 14 cm TL

 
Heteroclinus marmoratus
[Slender weedfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 9 cm TL

 
Heteroclinus nasutus
[Large-nose weedfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 20 cm TL

 
Heteroclinus perspicillatus
[Common weedfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 10 cm TL

 
Heteroclinus puellarum
[Little weedfish]



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

Photo by Photo by Dowling, C.
 
Heteroclinus roseus
[Rosy weedfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 30 cm TL

 
Heteroclinus tristis
[Sharp-nose weedfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 10 cm TL

 
Heteroclinus whiteleggii
[Banded weedfish]



Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 14 cm TL
Heteroclinus wilsoni (Lucas, 1891)

Photo by Photo by Lee, D.
 
Heteroclinus wilsoni
[Wilson's weedfish]



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

Photo by Photo by Steele, M.A.
 
Heterostichus rostratus
[Giant kelpfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 10 cm TL

 
Muraenoclinus dorsalis
[Nosestripe klipfish]



Southeast Pacific

Myxodes cristatus Valenciennes, 1836

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


 
Myxodes ornatus
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 13.5 cm TL

 
Myxodes viridis
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 9.5 cm TL

 
Ophiclinops hutchinsi
[Earspot snakeblenny]
No picture found

Max. Length 7 cm TL

 
Ophiclinops pardalis
[Spotted snake blenny]
No picture found

Max. Length 5 cm TL

 
Ophiclinops varius
[Variegated snake blenny]



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

Photo by Photo by Saunders, B.
 
Ophiclinus antarcticus
[Dusky snake blenny]
No picture found

Max. Length 7 cm TL

 
Ophiclinus brevipinnis
[Shortfin snakeblenny]
No picture found

Max. Length 16 cm TL

 
Ophiclinus gabrieli
[Frosted snake blenny]
No picture found

Max. Length 10 cm TL

 
Ophiclinus gracilis
[Black-back snake-blenny]
No picture found

Max. Length 7.5 cm TL

 
Ophiclinus ningulus
[Variable snake-blenny]
No picture found

Max. Length 6 cm TL

 
Ophiclinus pectoralis
[Whiteblotch snake blenny]



Southeast Atlantic

Pavoclinus caeruleopunctatus Zsilavecz, 2001

Photo by Photo by Zsilavecz, G.
 
Pavoclinus caeruleopunctatus
[]



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

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



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

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



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

Photo by Photo by SFSA
 
Pavoclinus litorafontis
[Slinky klipfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 30 cm TL

 
Pavoclinus mentalis
[Bearded klipfish]



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

Photo by Photo by SFSA
 
Pavoclinus myae
[Mya's klipfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 15 cm TL

 
Pavoclinus pavo
[Peacock klipfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 5 cm TL

 
Pavoclinus profundus
[Deepwater klipfish]



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

Photo by Photo by SFSA
 
Pavoclinus smalei
[Deep-reef klipfish]



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

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



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 9.2 cm TL
Ribeiroclinus eigenmanni (Jordan, 1888)

Photo by Photo by Menezes, N.A./Figueiredo, J.L.
 
Ribeiroclinus eigenmanni
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 30 cm TL

 
Smithichthys fucorum
[Leafy klipfish]
No picture found


 
Springeratus caledonicus
[Caledonian weedfish]



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

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



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

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Springeratus xanthosoma
[Indonesia weedfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 8 cm TL

 
Sticharium clarkae
[Dusky crawler]
No picture found

Max. Length 9.5 cm TL

 
Sticharium dorsale
[Slender snake blenny]



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

Photo by Photo by SFSA
 
Xenopoclinus kochi
[Platanna klipfish]



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

Photo by Photo by SFSA
 
Xenopoclinus leprosus
[Leprous platanna-klipfish]



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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Blennioclinus brachycephalus Lace klipfish Southeast Atlantic 15 TL 1836
Blennioclinus stella Silverbubble klipfish Western Indian Ocean and 5 TL 1946
Blennophis anguillaris Snaky klipfish Southeast Atlantic 30 TL 1836
Blennophis striatus Striped klipfish Southeast Atlantic 17.5 TL 1908
Cancelloxus burrelli Slender platanna-klipfish Southeast Atlantic 12 TL 1961
Cancelloxus elongatus Whiteblotched klipfish Southeast Atlantic 5 TL 1986
Cancelloxus longior Southeast Atlantic 12.1 SL 1991
Cirrhibarbis capensis Barbelled klipfish Southeast Atlantic 36 TL 1836
Climacoporus navalis Fleet klipfish Southeast Atlantic 7 TL 1935
Clinitrachus argentatus Cline Northeast Atlantic 10 TL 1810
Clinoporus biporosus Ladder klipfish Southeast Atlantic 13 TL 1908
Clinus acuminatus Sad klipfish Southeast Atlantic 13 TL 1801
Clinus agilis Agile klipfish Southeast Atlantic 10 TL 1931
Clinus arborescens Southwestern Indian Ocean 22 SL 1908
Clinus berrisfordi Onrust klipfish Southeast Atlantic 12 TL 1967
Clinus brevicristatus Cape klipfish Southeast Atlantic 12 TL 1908
Clinus cottoides Bluntnose klipfish Southeast Atlantic 15 TL 1836
Clinus exasperatus South Atlantic Ocean 12.7 SL 2012
Clinus helenae Helen's klipfish Southeast Atlantic 10 TL 1946
Clinus heterodon Westcoast klipfish Southeast Atlantic 13 TL 1836
Clinus latipennis False Bay klipfish Southeast Atlantic 12 TL 1836
Clinus musaicus Southeast Atlantic 18.3 SL 2012
Clinus nematopterus Chinese klipfish Southeast Atlantic 11 TL 1861
Clinus robustus Robust klipfish Southeast Atlantic 50 TL 1908
Clinus rotundifrons Kelp klipfish Southeast Atlantic 5 SL 1937
Clinus spatulatus Bot River klipfish Southeast Atlantic 17.5 TL 1983
Clinus superciliosus Southeast Atlantic 30 TL 1758
Clinus taurus Bull klipfish Southeast Atlantic 23 TL 1908
Clinus venustris Speckled klipfish Southeast Atlantic 12 TL 1908
Clinus woodi Oldman klipfish Western Indian Ocean 16 TL 1946
Cologrammus flavescens Short-tassel weedfish Southwest Pacific 1872
Cristiceps argyropleura Silverside weedfish Indo-West Pacific 18 TL 1865
Cristiceps aurantiacus Golden weedfish Southwest Pacific 22 TL 1879
Cristiceps australis Southern crested weedfish Indo-West Pacific 18 TL 1836
Ericentrus rubrus Orange clinid Southwest Pacific 10.5 SL 1872
Fucomimus mus Mousey klipfish Southeast Atlantic 10 TL 1908
Gibbonsia elegans Spotted kelpfish Eastern Pacific 16 TL 1864
Gibbonsia metzi Striped kelpfish Eastern Pacific 24 TL 1927
Gibbonsia montereyensis Crevice kelpfish Eastern Pacific 11 TL 1927
Heteroclinus adelaidae Adelaide's weedfish Indo-West Pacific 9 TL 1872
Heteroclinus antinectes Natal weedfish Eastern Indian Ocean 1861
Heteroclinus eckloniae Kelp weedfish Indo-West Pacific southe 11 TL 1970
Heteroclinus equiradiatus Sevenbar weedfish Eastern Indian Ocean 9.7 TL 1960
Heteroclinus heptaeolus Ogilby's weedfish Indo-West Pacific 10 TL 1885
Heteroclinus johnstoni Johnston's weedfish Indo-West Pacific 40 TL 1886
Heteroclinus kuiteri Eastern Indian Ocean 6 SL 2006
Heteroclinus macrophthalmus Large-eye weedfish Eastern Indian Ocean 10 TL 1976
Heteroclinus marmoratus Slender weedfish Eastern Indian Ocean 14 TL 1872
Heteroclinus nasutus Large-nose weedfish Southwest Pacific 9 TL 1861
Heteroclinus perspicillatus Common weedfish Eastern Indian Ocean 20 TL 1836
Heteroclinus puellarum Little weedfish Eastern Indian Ocean 10 TL 1955
Heteroclinus roseus Rosy weedfish Pacific Ocean 15 TL 1861
Heteroclinus tristis Sharp-nose weedfish Indo-West Pacific 30 TL 1872
Heteroclinus whiteleggii Banded weedfish Western Pacific 10 TL 1894
Heteroclinus wilsoni Wilson's weedfish Eastern Indian Ocean 14 TL 1891
Heterostichus rostratus Giant kelpfish Eastern Pacific 61 TL 1854
Muraenoclinus dorsalis Nosestripe klipfish Southeast Atlantic 10 TL 1859
Myxodes cristatus Sailfin clinid Southeast Pacific 1836
Myxodes ornatus Southeast Pacific 1974
Myxodes viridis Southeast Pacific 13.5 TL 1836
Ophiclinops hutchinsi Earspot snakeblenny Eastern Indian Ocean 9.5 TL 1980
Ophiclinops pardalis Spotted snake blenny Eastern Indian Ocean 7 TL 1918
Ophiclinops varius Variegated snake blenny Indo-West Pacific 5 TL 1918
Ophiclinus antarcticus Dusky snake blenny Eastern Indian Ocean 14 TL 1872
Ophiclinus brevipinnis Shortfin snakeblenny Eastern Indian Ocean 7 TL 1980
Ophiclinus gabrieli Frosted snake blenny Indo-West Pacific 16 TL 1906
Ophiclinus gracilis Black-back snake-blenny Indo-West Pacific 10 TL 1906
Ophiclinus ningulus Variable snake-blenny Indo-West Pacific 7.5 TL 1980
Ophiclinus pectoralis Whiteblotch snake blenny Eastern Indian Ocean 6 TL 1980
Pavoclinus caeruleopunctatus Southeast Atlantic 2001
Pavoclinus graminis Grass klipfish Western Indian Ocean 16 TL 1908
Pavoclinus laurentii Rippled klipfish Western Indian Ocean 13 TL 1908
Pavoclinus litorafontis Slinky klipfish Southeast Atlantic 21 TL 1965
Pavoclinus mentalis Bearded klipfish Western Indian Ocean 30 TL 1908
Pavoclinus myae Mya's klipfish Southeast Atlantic 5 TL 1978
Pavoclinus pavo Peacock klipfish Southeast Atlantic 15 TL 1908
Pavoclinus profundus Deepwater klipfish Southeast Atlantic 5 TL 1961
Pavoclinus smalei Deep-reef klipfish Southeast Atlantic 5.5 TL 1986
Peronedys anguillaris Eel snake blenny Indo-West Pacific 13 TL 1883
Ribeiroclinus eigenmanni Western Atlantic 9.2 TL 1888
Smithichthys fucorum Leafy klipfish Southeast Atlantic 30 TL 1908
Springeratus caledonicus Caledonian weedfish Southwest Pacific 1874
Springeratus polyporatus Western Indian Ocean 5.0 SL 1972
Springeratus xanthosoma Indonesia weedfish Indo-West Pacific. 8.2 TL 1857
Sticharium clarkae Dusky crawler Indo-West Pacific 8 TL 1980
Sticharium dorsale Slender snake blenny Indo-West Pacific 9.5 TL 1867
Xenopoclinus kochi Platanna klipfish Southeast Atlantic 10 TL 1948
Xenopoclinus leprosus Leprous platanna-klipfish Southeast Atlantic 8 TL 1961



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