Apletodon barbatus  Fricke, Wirtz & Brito, 2010

Barbel clingfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiesociformes (Clingfishes) > Gobiesocidae (Clingfishes and singleslits) > Gobiesocinae
Etymology: Apletodon: Greek, aplatos, apletos = terrible + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335);  barbatus: Named for its maxillary barbels which are quite conspicuous in males, and characteristic for the species..   More on author: Fricke.

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 5 - 15 m (Ref. 83483).   Tropical

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Eastern Central Atlantic: Cape Verde Islands.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 1.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 83483); 1.1 cm SL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 4-5; Anal soft rays: 5 - 6. This small species is distinguished by the following characters: dorsal-fin rays 4-5, anal-fin rays 5-6, pectoral-fin rays 23-25; males with head width 2.4-2.8 in SL and anus with distinct papillae; anal-fin length in distance between anus and anal fin origin 1.4-1.7; both sexes with blunt snout, broadly rounded; preorbital length 3.2-5.3 in head length; males with conspicuous white maxillary barbel; in life, head and body with numerous dark brown spots; double white spot near the anus (Ref. 83483).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Common on hard substrate, coarse sand and coralline algae (Ref. 83483).

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Fricke, R., P. Wirtz and A. Brito, 2010. A new species of the clingfish genus Apletodon (Teleostei: Gobiesocidae) from the Cape Verde Islands, Eastern Central Atlantic. Ichthyol. Res. 57(1):91-97. (Ref. 83483)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

  Vulnerable (VU) (B2ab(iii))

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5156   [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 ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (11 of 100) .