Small-headed clingfish (Apletodon dentatus)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandFound in the western English Channel and in the northern Irish Sea and south-west Scotland.
HabitatThe small-headed clingfish is a coastal benthic species although little is known about its habitat preferences.
- Up to 4 cm in length.
- Depressed triangular head.
- Rounded fins with the dorsal and anal fins set far back on the body.
- Sucking disc under the body in line with the pectoral fins.
- Scales absent.
Additional informationThe small-headed clingfish is very hard to distinguish from similar species other than by colouration, and can only usually be distinguished by the proportional sizes of it main exterior features (given by Whitehead et al., 1986).
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Last Updated: 02/06/2008