Yellow Stripe Clingfish (Diademichthys lineatus)
Family: Gobiesocidae (Clingfishes)
Natural Range: Solomon Islands
Size: 2 in. Jumps: No Space: 10+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Caution
Diet: Pedicillariae, sphaeridia, and tube feet of DIadema, commensal copepods of Diadema, burrowing coral bivalves
Natural History: The Yellow Stripe Clingfish is found among the branching corals and long-spined sea urchins of sheltered reefs. Juveniles eat the tiny appendages on the surface of their host sea urchin (pedilillariae, sphaeridia) while adults may also eat the tube feet. This species has modified pelvic fins that allow it to 'cling' to surfaces.
Husbandry: The Yellow Stripe Clingfish will likely acclimate faster with a long-spined sea urchin (Diadema). It may pick at the mantles of Tridacnic clams and will also pick at the appendages of the long-spined sea urchin. It is reported to be aggressive with other benthic animals such as hermit crabs and small gobies. It should be provided live rock for hiding places and, if possible, a long-spined sea urchin to help in acclimation.
AKA: Urchin Clingfish
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