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very small (to 3 inches) flattened marine fish with a sucking disc on the abdomen for clinging to rocks etc

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We collected the clingfishes described here along with multispotted goby (Sicydium multipunctatum) (sites 1-3), leopard splitfin (Xenotaenia resolanae) (sites 1-2), golden livebearer (Poeciliopsis baenschi) (sites 2-3), blackspotted livebearer (Poeciliopsis turneri) (site 2), mountain mullet (Agonostomus monticola) (site 3), and spotted sleeper (Eleotris picta) (site 3).
In addition to potential species overlap, our study indicates there is need for a revision of the Mexican freshwater clingfishes. Our data suggest higher variation in meristic and morphological attributes than formerly known from previously captured specimens.
At 137.8 mm SL, the specimen captured in site 2 is not only the largest ever reported specimen for the species or freshwater Mexican clingfishes, but also one of the largest freshwater gobiesocids reported worldwide.
A review of the clingfishes (Gobiesocidae) of the Eastern Pacific with descriptions of new species.
A monograph of the clingfishes (order Xenopterygii).