One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small fish occurring mainly in shallow or intertidal water, with a sucker for attachment to rocks and other surfaces.
Family Gobiesocidae: several genera and species
- ‘His research interests are leatherjackets, clingfishes, biodiversity in shallow reefs and the Leeuwin Current.’
- ‘Lumpsuckers and clingfishes have sucker attachments that help them hang on to rocks so they aren't buffeted by the waves.’
- ‘It is the most widespread of 4 species of clingfish in the family Gobiesocidae found in British seas.’
- ‘Sonora clingfish live under rocks, to which they cling, and in little or no water.’
- ‘Pressure difference adhesion and a kinetic pectoral girdle thus allow the clingfish to exploit a food resource unavailable to many other predators.’
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