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: 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
Marine; demersal; depth range 5 - 15 m (Ref. 83483). Tropical
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)
Morphology | Morphometrics
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).
Common on hard substrate, coarse sand and coralline algae (Ref. 83483).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
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)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 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) .