Northern clingfish

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Northern clingfish
Gobiesox maeandricus.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Gobiesociformes
Family: Gobiesocidae
Genus: Gobiesox
G. maeandricus
Binomial name
Gobiesox maeandricus
(Girard, 1858)
  • Lepadogaster maeandricus Girard, 1858
  • Caularchus maeandricus (Girard, 1858)
  • Sicyogaster maeandricus (Girard, 1858)
  • Lepadogaster reticulatus Girard, 1854

The Northern Clingfish (Gobiesox maeandricus) is a species of saltwater fish. It is a member of the Gobiesocidae family of order Gobiesociformes. It is native to the Pacific coast of North America from Revillagigedo Island and Baja California north to southeastern Alaska.[1] It is commonly found in the intertidal zone clinging to the underside of rocks by small hairs akin to those on a gecko's feet on the basal portions of the pelvic and pectoral fins.[2] This species was described by Charles Frédéric Girard in 1858 from specimens collected at San Luis Obispo in California, Girard had originally named it as Lepadogaster reticulatus in 1854 but this name was preoccupied by Lepadogaster reticulatus Risso, 1810.[3]


  • Seashore Life of the Northern Pacific Coast an Illustrated Guide to Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, by Eugene N. Kozloff
  1. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2019). "Gobiesox meandricus" in FishBase. April 2019 version.
  2. ^ Elizabeth Pennisi (2012). "Clingfish Stick Like Geckos". Science. 335 (6066): 277. doi:10.1126/science.335.6066.277.
  3. ^ Eschmeyer, W. N.; R. Fricke & R. van der Laan (eds.). "Lepadogaster maeandricus". Catalog of Fishes. California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 10 June 2019.