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  Eastern Cleaner-Clingfish (Cochleoceps orientalis)





Eastern Cleaner-Clingfish | Cochleoceps orientalis photo
An Eastern Cleaner Clingfish (Cochleoceps orientalis) cleaning an Eastern Talma (Chelmonops truncatus). Fly Point, Port Stephens, NSW

Image by Richard Ling - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



FISH FACTS

Description
The Eastern Cleaner-Clingfish is greenish-yellow to orange with scattered spots, ranging from small dark spots to larger red spots. It has iridescent blue streaks or lines along the back and across sides over head and body. Often seen cleaning boxfish, porcupine fish and morwongs.

Size
length to 5.5cm

Habitat
Adults usually found on kelp where they deposit their eggs. Often seen on ascidians or sponges in deep water.. depth range 3 - 40 m

Range
Southwest Pacific: New South Wales and eastern Victoria, Australia.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Gobiesocidae
Genus:Cochleoceps
Species:orientalis
Common Name:Eastern Cleaner-Clingfish