Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiesociformes
(Clingfishes) > Gobiesocidae
(Clingfishes and singleslits) > Gobiesocinae
Etymology: .lombardii: Named for Michael Lombardi, who was part of the diving team; noun in apposition.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Western Atlantic: Bahamas.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 1.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 91048)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 7;
Vertebrae: 25. This species is distinguished from its congeners (and all other Bahamian gobiesocids) by the following characters: bright orangish-red coloration, yellow head, a prominent black oval patch on the caudal peduncle; pattern of papillae in disk region C; anteriorly, 2 distinct medial clusters, each comprising 8-9 closely arrayed papillae, and a single papilla anterior of each cluster, are present (vs. 2-5 papillae in each central cluster and 4-5 papillae arranged in a distinct crescent posterolaterally); posteriorly, papillae in disk region C are in a crescent pattern with a single additional papilla dorsal to its midpoint (vs. papillae in an inverted V-shaped pattern in D. nanus, D. altifrons, D. kremnobates; clumped in D. vittager); posterior margin of disk region B in the new species is strongly convex (vs. straight to weakly convex) with the rows of papillae arranged serially in a semi-circular pattern forming concentric crescents (vs. rows more or less straight); possess a total of 47 pectoral-fin rays (Ref. 91048).
Apparently closely associated with deep reefs, not straying far from the safety of a coral head (Ref. 91048).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Sparks, J.S. and D.F. Gruber, 2012. A new mesophotic clingfish (Teleostei: Gobiesocidae) from the Bahamas. Copeia 2012(2):251-256. (Ref. 91048)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5312 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00514 - 0.02450), b=3.04 (2.87 - 3.21), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 2.9 ±0.3 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .