Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiesociformes
(Clingfishes) > Gobiesocidae
(Clingfishes and singleslits) > Gobiesocinae
Etymology: Lepadicyathus: Name given according to its external similarity with the genus Lepadichthys and is derived gtom the Greek words 'di' for two and 'cyathus' for cup or bowl, referring to the presence of a double sucking disc.; mendeleevi: Named for R/V 'Dimitrii Mendeleev' which in turn is named after an outstanding Russian chemist.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 3 m (Ref. 75705). Tropical
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Western Pacific: Papua New Guinea.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 1.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75705)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 10;
Vertebrae: 31. This very small species is characterized by the following: low cylindrical body and a strongly flattened head; 3 pairs of gills, with gill membranes fused with the isthmus; reduced gill rakers; seismosensory system: NC 2, LC 2, PO 2, PR 2, MN O; pore po-2 found midway from the posterior eye margin to the gill slit; pore pr-1 slightly spaced apart from the posterior-lower eye margin; very small, terminal mouth; incisor-type teeth on jaws, in one row; double sucking disc, surface almost smooth, no zones bearing papillas; length 5.0-5.6 times in SL; D 11-12; A 10; principal rays C 10; dorsal and anal fins are connected with the caudal fin; vent equidistant from the posterior disc margin and origin of the anal fin; 5 light-colored longitudinal stripes (dorsal and 2 pairs of lateral) on the body; vertebrae 31 (Ref. 75705).
Collected from corals (Millepora) at 1 m depth, its association with the coral is unknown. The specimens were collected together with Gymnothorax buroensis (juvenile individual), Pseudogramma polyacantha, Gobiodon sp., Balistapus undulatus, Enchelyurus kraussi, and 3 unidentified blennies (Ref. 75705).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Prokofiev, A.M., 2005. A new genus and species of clingfish (Gobiesociformes: Gobiesocidae) from New Guinea. J. Ichthyol. 45(7):546-550. (Ref. 75705)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00550 (0.00242 - 0.01249), b=3.11 (2.91 - 3.31), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.2 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (12 of 100) .