Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiesociformes
(Clingfishes) > Gobiesocidae
(Clingfishes and singleslits) > Gobiesocinae
Etymology: Tomicodon: Greek, tomikos, -e, -on = that is useful for cutting (Ref. 45335); reitzae: Named for Elizabeth J. Reitz, Director of the Georgia Museum of Natural History (Ref. 45765). More on author: Briggs.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 4 m (Ref. 58018). Tropical
Western Central Atlantic: Bahamas, throughout the Greater and Lesser Antilles to the coasts of Venezuela and Colombia, and Isla de Providencia off the coast of Colombia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 50106)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 7 - 10;
Vertebrae: 34 - 38. Four pairs of trifid incisors in each jaw; very small canines; anus markedly closer to rear margin of disc than to origin of anal fin; disc measuring 5.0 in SL; margin of anterior nostril without dermal flap; externally visible anal fin rays 5; caudal rays 8 (Ref. 45765).
Collected from the shallow surge zone (Ref. 50106). Feeds on small crustaceans (Ref. 50106).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Williams, J.T. and J.C. Tyler, 2003. Revision of the western Atlantic clingfishes of the genus Tomicodon (Gobiesocidae), with descriptions of five new species. Smithson. Contrib. Zool. 621:1-26. (Ref. 50106)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 26.7 - 28.2, mean 27.5 °C (based on 468 cells).
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
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (26 of 100) .