Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiesociformes
(Clingfishes) > Gobiesocidae
(Clingfishes and singleslits) > Gobiesocinae
Etymology: Tomicodon: Greek, tomikos, -e, -on = that is useful for cutting (Ref. 45335); abuelorum: From the Spanish root abuel meaning grandparent and named in honor of Szelistowski's grandparents Irma Drescher and Martha and Telford Walker (Ref. 42103).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; brackish; demersal. Tropical; 26°C - 30°C (Ref. 42103)
Eastern Central Pacific: Costa Rica.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 42103)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8 - 10;
Vertebrae: 29 - 31. 4 (4-5) pairs of trifid incisors in upper jaw, 4 pairs in lower jaw; anus markedly closer to anal fin origin than to rear of disc; dorsal-caudal distance forward passing tip of, usually extending to about middle of, pectoral fin; margin of anterior nostril without dermal flap (Ref. 42103). Nearly transparent, light olive; body markings quite variable in intensity, ranging from dark and distinct to light and indistinct, sometimes giving an overall mottled appearance (Ref. 42103).
Found in areas with mangrove prop roots, usually attached to, or moving about and feeding from, root surfaces at high tide (Ref. 42103). Stomach contents contained barnacle cirri and barnacle cyprid larvae, Sphaeroma peruvianum, small oysters and other bivalves, amphipods, and harpacticoid copepods (Ref. 42103).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Szelistowski, W.A., 1990. A new clingfish (Teleostei: Gobiesocidae) from the mangroves of Costa Rica, with notes on its ecology and early development. Copeia 1990(2):500-507. (Ref. 42103)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00617 (0.00248 - 0.01534), b=3.15 (2.94 - 3.36), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.42 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (25 of 100) .