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cling·fish

 (klĭng′fĭsh′)
n. pl. clingfish or cling·fish·es
Any of various small marine fishes of the family Gobiesocidae, having a large sucking disk under the front part of the body by which they fasten themselves to rocks and seaweed.
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clingfish

(ˈklɪŋˌfɪʃ)
n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) any small marine teleost fish of the family Gobiesocidae, having a flattened elongated body with a sucking disc beneath the head for clinging to rocks, etc
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.clingfish - very small (to 3 inches) flattened marine fish with a sucking disc on the abdomen for clinging to rocks etc.clingfish - very small (to 3 inches) flattened marine fish with a sucking disc on the abdomen for clinging to rocks etc.
percoid, percoid fish, percoidean - any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
Gobiesox strumosus, skillet fish, skilletfish - clingfish with typical skillet shape
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The aquarium has welcomed two new species - a snake pipefish and shore clingfish - both in new bubble tanks just high enough for smaller guests to peer in to.
Of these, three are endemic to Mexico: peninsular clingfish (Gobiesox juniperoserrai), Mexican clingfish (Gobiesox mexicanus), and mountain clingfish (Gobiesox fluviatilis).
The commonest species in British waters is the shore clingfish or Cornish lumpsucker.
Post-glacial population history and genetic structure of the northern clingfish (Gobbiesox maeandricus), revealed from mtDNA analysis.
Limpet predators do exist in this system, the most notable being the Oystercatcher Haematopus moquini (Hockey and Branch 1984) and the giant clingfish Chorisochismus dentex (Stobbs 1980, Lechanteur and Prochazka, in press) but both are incapable of attacking large limpets ([is greater than] 50 mm).
A University of Arizona graduate student, William Eger, found that four clingfish species in the Gulf of California could survive in air for remarkably long periods, in excess of three and a half days.