Only adults have been observed in Fishing Bay.
Look for: Compressed head
"Tadpole-like" body proportions
Gray to brown or red coloration with chain-like
Pelvic fin has evolved into a suction cup which the
clingfish uses to latch onto rocks or kelp
The suction cup also serves as a reservoir, storing
water during times of low tide
To 15 cm
Diet: Consumes small limpets, chitons and other molluscs. The
clingfish uses its suction cup as an anchor,
off rocks with its head and bottom teeth.
Habitat: Inhabits tidepools, intertidal and shallow subtidal areas,
often hiding under rocks.
Range: Baja California to southeastern Alaska
Reproduction: Occurs in early spring. Eggs are deposited on the
underside of rocks. The male tends the egg mass.
Note: In San Juan County, clingfish may be hunted by gopher
snakes who enter
tidepools to hunt.