Large, broad, flat head, too big for the rest of the body. Bottom of body flat.
This Northern Clingfish is just two inches long, and absolutely adorable! We were very careful to gently return it to its tide pool.
Northern Clingfish (Gobiesox maeandricus) dorsal, Bear Harbor Southern section Lost Coast, Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California
John was telling me about these and literally seconds later I said, "Oh, here's one." Not sure which species this is. My book claims 6 six on this coast, but only shows one.
Clingfishes are fishes of the family Gobiesocidae, belonging to the order Gobiesociformes. Most species are marine, being found in shallow waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. They are bottom-dwelling fishes; some species shelter in sea urchins or crinoids.