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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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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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Researchers have documented the occurrence and distribution of clingfishes in Mexico relatively well (Briggs and Miller, 1960; Burr and Buth, 1977; Espinosa-Perez et al., 1987; Espinosa-Perez and Castro-Aguirre, 1996; Guzman et al., 2001; Ruiz-Campos et al., 2002; Miller et al., 2005), but recent explorations of Mexican rivers have resulted in new records that lead to interesting taxonomic and biogeographic considerations.
Freshwater clingfishes are small benthic fish inhabiting temperate and tropical waters, typically in areas with relatively high water velocity.
36 genera and 140 species of clingfishes distributed mainly in the neritic zones of oceans of the world, with few species in freshwater habitats (Nelson, 2006).