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Apletodon barbatus  Fricke, Wirtz & Brito, 2010

Barbel clingfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiesociformes (Clingfishes) > Gobiesocidae (Clingfishes and singleslits) > Gobiesocinae
Etymology: Apletodon: Greek, aplatos, apletos = terrible + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335);  barbatus: Named for its maxillary barbels which are quite conspicuous in males, and characteristic for the species..   More on author: Fricke.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 5 - 15 m (Ref. 83483).   Tropical, preferred ?

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Eastern Central Atlantic: Cape Verde Islands.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 1.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 83483); 1.1 cm SL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 4-5; Anal soft rays: 5 - 6. This small species is distinguished by the following characters: dorsal-fin rays 4-5, anal-fin rays 5-6, pectoral-fin rays 23-25; males with head width 2.4-2.8 in SL and anus with distinct papillae; anal-fin length in distance between anus and anal fin origin 1.4-1.7; both sexes with blunt snout, broadly rounded; preorbital length 3.2-5.3 in head length; males with conspicuous white maxillary barbel; in life, head and body with numerous dark brown spots; double white spot near the anus (Ref. 83483).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Common on hard substrate, coarse sand and coralline algae (Ref. 83483).

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Fricke, R., P. Wirtz and A. Brito, 2010. A new species of the clingfish genus Apletodon (Teleostei: Gobiesocidae) from the Cape Verde Islands, Eastern Central Atlantic. Ichthyol. Res. 57(1):91-97. (Ref. 83483)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

  Vulnerable (VU) (B2ab(iii))

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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